A former Senior Special Assistant on Public Affairs to ex-President Goodluck Jonathan, Dr. Doyin Okupe, may face conspiracy charges after new revelations emerged in the ongoing investigation into the arms scandal.
A source at the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, which is investigating Okupe for receiving N100m from embattled former National Security Adviser, Col. Sambo Dasuki (retd.), said the anti-graft agency was making new discoveries that contradict his claims.
For instance, the source said it was discovered that Okupe received N15m from the account of Destra Investment Limited, a company owned by the immediate past National Publicity Secretary of the Peoples Democratic Party, Chief Olisa Metuh, who is on trial for allegedly receiving N400m from Dasuki.
Ironically, Okupe is one of the defence witnesses in the case against Metuh.
“Okupe came again (on Tuesday) as usual and we grilled him over the funds he has openly confessed to receiving from Dasuki. He claims to have spent all the money but we keep making fresh discoveries,” the source said.
“He received about N15m from Destra Investment Limited owned by Metuh. Okupe is also one of Metuh’s defence witnesses. Okupe had appeared before the Federal High Court to defend Metuh and yet he (Okupe) has confessed to receiving money from Dasuki and he also collected N15m from Metuh.
“When we confronted him with evidence, he was shocked and could not respond.”
As a result, the EFCC may charge Okupe for conspiracy alongside Metuh depending on the outcome of investigations.
“With this new revelation, it is possible that Okupe knew that Metuh’s N400m emanated from the ONSA but went to court to defend Metuh in order to cover his tracks having received N15m. We are still investigating the matter,” an EFCC investigator said.
Okupe had on May 19, 2016, told Justice Okon Abang that Metuh received N400m from Jonathan but argued that the fund could not have emanated from the ONSA.
While defending Metuh, Okupe had said, “I am surprised to hear that the Office of the National Security Adviser was used to distribute money for Jonathan’s presidential campaign. However, the president could also use his tremendous goodwill to source funds to assist his party or help to execute special programmes.
“Besides, as the candidate for election, the President has immense capacity to raise funds as a candidate. He did not use any government establishment as his pseudo-sponsor.”