Doyin Okupe, the quick previous Director-Basic of the Labour Social gathering Presidential Marketing campaign Council, has been arrested by the Division of State Providers (DSS). Okupe was apprehended on the Murtala Mohammed Worldwide Airport in Lagos on Thursday.
Okupe’s arrest was contained In a press release launched by the Spokesman of the DSS, Peter Afunanya. The key police revealed that Doyin was intercepted at Terminal 1 of the airport on the occasion of the Financial and Monetary Crimes Fee (EFCC).
Afunanya additionally hinted that Doyin, who was billed to fly to London through Virgin Atlantic, has been handed over to the anti-graft company.
EFCC reacts to Doyin Okupe’s arrest
Following the arrest of Okupe by operatives of the DSS, the graft company has defined that it was a mistaken step. In a lately launched assertion, EFCC’s spokesperson, Wilson Uwujaren, acknowledged that Okupe was apprehended primarily based on a watch-list request issued on July 18, 2016. The watchlist was issued greater than six years earlier than his current conviction on cash laundering expenses by the Federal Excessive Court docket, Abuja.
Whereas including that the method of lifting the watch record was within the works, the fee promised to expedite motion on this regard.
Doyin Okupe’s touch upon his arrest
Okupe, in a tweet, confirmed his arrest by the key service on his option to the UK (UK) for medicals. His tweet got here shortly after the information of his arrest broke. Okupe additionally famous that senior officers of the anti-graft fee apologised to him for the error.
Recall that Okupe was in December 2022 convicted for violating the Cash Laundering Act by a Federal Excessive Court docket sitting in Abuja.
The Labour Social gathering chieftain was discovered responsible of 26 out of the 59 counts levied towards him by the Financial and Monetary Crimes Fee (EFCC) within the cash laundering offense. The presiding decide, Justice Ijeoma Ojukwu in her ruling acknowledged that the counts attracted a two-year jail time period every and would run concurrently. Ojukwu additionally gave Okupe the choice of N500, 000 in every of the counts, amounting to N13 million.
On account of these, Okupe who served within the function of the Director-Basic of the Labour Social gathering’s Presidential Marketing campaign Council resigned. Reviews say he paid the 13 million wonderful earlier than becoming a member of the celebration.