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Money Laundering: Okupe Pays ₦‎13 Million Fine, Escapes Two-Year Jail by tunwumi: 3:28am On Dec 20, 2022
Dr Doyin Okupe, a former Senior Special Assistant to ex-President Goodluck Jonathan, was on Monday found guilty of receiving over N200m cash from a former National Security Adviser, Col. Sambo Dasuki (retd).

He was therefore sentenced to two years imprisonment by Justice Ijeoma Ojukwu of a Federal High Court in Abuja with an option of N500, 000 fine on each of the 26 count charges for which he was found guilty.

Delivering her judgment, Justice Ojukwu held that Okupe, who is the first defendant in the suit filed by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission violated the Money Laundering Act.

She said he had up to 4.30 pm to pay the fine option totalling N13m on all the charges he was found guilty of or be sent to the Kuje Correctional Centre.

Justice Ojukwu, in sentencing Okupe, considered the pleadings for leniency from the convict’s wife, Omolola, and his son, Adesunkanmi.


While stating that the Money Laundering Act provided that no individual or organisation shall receive any sum above N5m and N10m respectively without passing through a financial institution, the judge held that, “there is no evidence that the money passed through a financial institution” and that Okupe was not a financial institution, and that, even if the president was said to have authorised the funds, he did not say that the money must be paid in cash.

Consequently, the court found Okupe guilty in counts 34, 35, 36 to 59 and sets him free from counts 1 to 33 because the prosecution failed to establish the charge of money laundering and criminal breach of trust and corruption against the NSA.


In counts 34 to 59 upon which Okupe was convicted, he was accused of receiving various sums of money ranging from N10m on different occasions from 2012 to 2015 when he was Jonathan’s aide.

The said sum, he said, was spent on running his office, payment of staff members and image laundering of the former President and his administration. But, the court, however, held that receiving such amounts in cash violated the Money Laundering Act.


Shortly after his conviction, Okupe’s counsel, Francis Oronsaye, pleaded with the court to temper justice with mercy because the defendant was a first-time offender, a family man who is also advanced in age and having health challenges that he is currently treating in Nigeria and outside the country.

Fine paid

The PUNCH however gathered that Okupe succeeded in paying his fine before the deadline and was allowed to go.

A source said, “Okupe has paid; they returned with the bank papers around 4.25pm. The court processed it, and everybody signed, including the EFCC lawyer.”

Shortly after his release, Okupe tweeted, “God is not man. The enemies have tried in so many ways but kept on failing. Victory is of God.”

Labour Party speaks

Meanwhile, the leadership of the Labour Party on Monday said it would first obtain a copy of the judgment of the court that convicted Okupe, who is the Director-General of Obi-Datti Presidential Campaign Council and study it before taking a position on the matter.

The spokesman of the campaign council, Yunusa Tanko, disclosed this in an interview with The PUNCH shortly after Okupe was convicted.


https://punchng.com/money-laundering-okupe-pays-n13m-escapes-two-year-jail/?amp

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Re: Money Laundering: Okupe Pays ₦‎13 Million Fine, Escapes Two-Year Jail by Darlsonyii: 3:50am On Dec 20, 2022
I thought they were about 10 that got the money bag, what happened to others??

Efcc and dss are desperate this days.

I just pray for a new Nigeria with equal rights and justice.

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Re: Money Laundering: Okupe Pays ₦‎13 Million Fine, Escapes Two-Year Jail by Yankee101: 4:14am On Dec 20, 2022
Thieves in government

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Re: Money Laundering: Okupe Pays ₦‎13 Million Fine, Escapes Two-Year Jail by Racoon(m): 4:14am On Dec 20, 2022
Not good enough.Now he goes free. There ought not to be any shitty option of bail, fine or plea bargain as far as corruption is concerned in Nigeria given that all these have simply been leeways these highly placed but indicted crooks used to escape justice.

There is serious need for the legislation to upgrade this punishment to outright capital punishment of death by hanging or firing squad. This is the only option that will really instill sense and fear in the future aspiring corrupt people especially politicians.

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Re: Money Laundering: Okupe Pays ₦‎13 Million Fine, Escapes Two-Year Jail by Racoon(m): 4:17am On Dec 20, 2022
Meanwhile, highly placed but indicted northerners starting right from the ATM himself-Col Sambo Dasuki, Former governor Adamu Mauzu(Bauchi state), Barnabas Gemade, and others who long defected to the ruling APC have been cleansed by the coven's witchcraft broom and insulated from the fangs of the government EFCC lapdog.

All the highly placed persons still serving in the Buhari’s regime that were implicated in the Dasuki's arms funds scandal probe have long escaped justice as both the probe panel and its report( released and unreleased) have been disbanded by the hypocritical regime.

However, only the likes of Olisa Metuh, Doyin Okupe etc are being convicted in the trademark Buhari’s govt lopsided anti-corruption war prosecution by the EFCC.
So much a moral baggage for a government.

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Re: Money Laundering: Okupe Pays ₦‎13 Million Fine, Escapes Two-Year Jail by Aufbauh(m): 4:28am On Dec 20, 2022
Paying the fine however does not erase the fact that the DG PCC of the labour party is a convicted criminal.

This is the New Nigeria those zombidients were championing.

A criminal whom Obi choose as a VP placeholder and DG will definitely be instrumental to key official appointment in Obi's utopian government.

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Re: Money Laundering: Okupe Pays ₦‎13 Million Fine, Escapes Two-Year Jail by socialmediaman: 4:47am On Dec 20, 2022
Re: Money Laundering: Okupe Pays ₦‎13 Million Fine, Escapes Two-Year Jail by xratedxG: 5:56am On Dec 20, 2022
The money was authorized for him by the then president. So it's not illegal money per se
Where he fell short of the law is the mode of collection

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Re: Money Laundering: Okupe Pays ₦‎13 Million Fine, Escapes Two-Year Jail by TheWordM: 5:59am On Dec 20, 2022
Damn.
Re: Money Laundering: Okupe Pays ₦‎13 Million Fine, Escapes Two-Year Jail by DevilSignature: 5:59am On Dec 20, 2022
cool

Bola Ahmed shaking Tunibu and his urchins we not be happy that Doyin Okupe found his way out

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Re: Money Laundering: Okupe Pays ₦‎13 Million Fine, Escapes Two-Year Jail by NigeriaIsGreat: 5:59am On Dec 20, 2022
Thief

Ex convict

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Re: Money Laundering: Okupe Pays ₦‎13 Million Fine, Escapes Two-Year Jail by inoki247: 6:00am On Dec 20, 2022
lol 13M from some people contribution abi na PalmCreditt he borrow money from person wey dey use Sienna 03 up nd down before undecided

Babachir Lawal don kuku join dem him too wan cash out after the Grass cutting money don finish.....

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Re: Money Laundering: Okupe Pays ₦‎13 Million Fine, Escapes Two-Year Jail by Jesuschristus: 6:00am On Dec 20, 2022
Labour part ,party of thevies

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Re: Money Laundering: Okupe Pays ₦‎13 Million Fine, Escapes Two-Year Jail by RichDad1(m): 6:00am On Dec 20, 2022
Criminals

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Re: Money Laundering: Okupe Pays ₦‎13 Million Fine, Escapes Two-Year Jail by whytediamond(m): 6:00am On Dec 20, 2022
grin
Re: Money Laundering: Okupe Pays ₦‎13 Million Fine, Escapes Two-Year Jail by PassingShot(m): 6:00am On Dec 20, 2022
Thief.

Like Okupe, like Obidient.

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Re: Money Laundering: Okupe Pays ₦‎13 Million Fine, Escapes Two-Year Jail by tesppidd: 6:01am On Dec 20, 2022
So you collect 200 million and then pay 13 million as fine?

Or has he been made to forfeit the 200 million?
Or am I missing something here?

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Re: Money Laundering: Okupe Pays ₦‎13 Million Fine, Escapes Two-Year Jail by Racoon(m): 6:01am On Dec 20, 2022
Aufbauh:
Paying the fine however does not erase the fact that the DG PCC of the labour party is a convicted criminal.This is the New Nigeria those zombidients were championing..
PassingShot:
Thief.Like Okupe, like Obidient.
"...Put simply, Tinubu was alleged to be a bagman handling and laundering drug money. Tinubu claimed the funds belonged to Kafaru Tinubu and Alhaja Habibat Mogaji, even though, years later, he told The News magazine that all the money belonged to him(crooked criminal ).

In the end, Tinubu forfeited $460,000 held in his name by Heritage Bank, where he and Akande had strong links. “Why did they return $1m?” Fani-Kayode asked.

The biggest lie, peddled by Keyamo and Fani-Kayode, is that the $460,000 forfeited by Tinubu was a tax.The cover sheet of the certified true copy of the settle ment, issued on August 10, 2022, explicitly states under “Nature of Suit” that it’s forfeiture under “Code 625: Drug related seizure of property 21 USC 881.” The two boxes under “Federal tax suits” were not ticked. So, the $460, 000 was not a tax but a drug-related forfeiture.

Tinubu’s surrogates and spin doctors say he wasn’t indicted or convicted. But no rational individual would forfeit $460,000 of his hard-earned money, especially when linked to drug trafficking, without fighting to clear his name.

By having a “drug related seizure of property” recorded against his name, Tinubu is seriously tainted as a presidential candidate, and would cause Nigeria huge embarrassment if he became president....


"Tinubu as president? Buhari must really hate Nigeria"
https://www.google.com/amp/s/www.vanguardngr.com/2022/11/tinubu-as-president-buhari-must-really-hate-nigeria/amp/

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Re: Money Laundering: Okupe Pays ₦‎13 Million Fine, Escapes Two-Year Jail by x9ja1960: 6:01am On Dec 20, 2022
Good this has been sorted real quick. Expect more of these desperate moves as we approach the election day and it becomes clearer to these vampires in power that they will be kicked out of power forever! They will fight to continue leaching on this country but they have no choice, they will be kicked out!

Akwa Ibom ayaya! Never knew Obi's wife is from the Orange city! Today na shut down!
Obi-Datti all the way! Nigeria ayaya!!!

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Re: Money Laundering: Okupe Pays ₦‎13 Million Fine, Escapes Two-Year Jail by Vatod(m): 6:02am On Dec 20, 2022
lol grin
Re: Money Laundering: Okupe Pays ₦‎13 Million Fine, Escapes Two-Year Jail by SmartPolician: 6:02am On Dec 20, 2022
PDP and their cronies thoroughly raped our country without protection.

If APC loses this election, all the money stolen under this administration will come to public attention.

Nigeria needs to try another party - Labour Party is the answer.

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Re: Money Laundering: Okupe Pays ₦‎13 Million Fine, Escapes Two-Year Jail by PassingShot(m): 6:03am On Dec 20, 2022
Darlsonyii:
I thought they were about 10 that got the money bag, what happened to others??

Efcc and dss are desperate this days.

I just pray for a new Nigeria with equal rights and justice.
Common sense should tell you that their charges were filed separately and being handled by different judges and different courts. As such, determination/conclusion of all the cases won't happen same time.

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Re: Money Laundering: Okupe Pays ₦‎13 Million Fine, Escapes Two-Year Jail by blamingthedevil: 6:03am On Dec 20, 2022
Ex-Convict

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Re: Money Laundering: Okupe Pays ₦‎13 Million Fine, Escapes Two-Year Jail by blamingthedevil: 6:04am On Dec 20, 2022
Yankee101:
Thieves in government

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Re: Money Laundering: Okupe Pays ₦‎13 Million Fine, Escapes Two-Year Jail by Kobicove(m): 6:05am On Dec 20, 2022
Wonders! shocked

The person who shared the money has not been convicted after several years but one of the beneficiaries has already been convicted...

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Re: Money Laundering: Okupe Pays ₦‎13 Million Fine, Escapes Two-Year Jail by Starboytwo(m): 6:05am On Dec 20, 2022
Sometimes this country dey always vex me.

Too lenient. A yahoo boy will collect $1k and they will seize all his property, give him better panel beating and carry blackboard give am to snap selfie.

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Re: Money Laundering: Okupe Pays ₦‎13 Million Fine, Escapes Two-Year Jail by BAZ001: 6:06am On Dec 20, 2022
Only in Nigeria will you steal 200 million and pay 13 million as fine and go free.
But if they catch one hungry boy stealing yam or rice dey will send him to kirikiri prison

Btw dis man na obesity or transgender see breast and fat tommy ?

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Re: Money Laundering: Okupe Pays ₦‎13 Million Fine, Escapes Two-Year Jail by wiseone28: 6:06am On Dec 20, 2022
They don't have money to feed the poor..


But they have money for bail

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Re: Money Laundering: Okupe Pays ₦‎13 Million Fine, Escapes Two-Year Jail by eldeens: 6:08am On Dec 20, 2022
This will drag labour to premature abortion before the election

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Re: Money Laundering: Okupe Pays ₦‎13 Million Fine, Escapes Two-Year Jail by tyinfinity: 6:08am On Dec 20, 2022
Peter obi trained okupe in money scander .obi and his gang are thieves.

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Re: Money Laundering: Okupe Pays ₦‎13 Million Fine, Escapes Two-Year Jail by DevilSignature: 6:10am On Dec 20, 2022
tesppidd:
So you collect 200 million and then pay 13 million as fine?

Or has he been made to forfeit the 200 million?
Or am I missing something here?

The 200M will be transferred to your account

Be endeavour to send your account details

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