Breaking News: Court Convicts Peter Obi's Campaign DG, Doyin Okupe, of Breaching Money Laundering Act
A Federal High Court in Abuja has convicted the Director-General of the Peter Obi Presidential Campaign Doyin Okupe over money laundering.
The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) had arraigned the Director-General of the Peter Obi Presidential Campaign in 2019 on a 59-count charge bordering on alleged money laundering and diversion of N702 million.
He was arraigned before Justice Ijeoma Ojukwu alongside two companies – Value Trust Investment Ltd and Abrahams Telecoms Ltd.
Ruling on the case in which Okupe is accused of receiving hundreds of millions in cash from the office of the National Security Adviser (NSA) while Col. Sambo Dasuki (retired) was in office, Justice Ijeoma Ojukwu stated that Okupe is guilty of contravening sections 16(1)&(2) of the Money Laundering Act, by accepting cash payments without going through financial institution, in excess of the threshold allowed under the Act.
Ojukwu however stood down proceedings till 1:45pm for Okupe to exercise his right under Section 310 of the Administration of Criminal Justice Act (ACJA) to call witnesses to testify about his character, before the court could proceed to pronounce his sentence.