Dasuki-Gate: Veteran Broadcaster Olusola Atere Testifies Against Doyin Okupe In His On-going Trial

The ex-senior special assistant to the former president Goodluck Jonathan, Doyin Okupe whose trial has been on for a while has been testified against by veteran broadcaster, Olusola Atere. Okupe’s case which was brought before Justice Ijeoma Ojukwu of the Federal High Court by the EFCC in Abuja continued yesterday with the retire Executive Director News at NTA, Atere testifying against him. Okupe who is currently being charged with 59 charges for money laundering and diversion of funds was said to have tampered with N702,000,000 (Seven Hundred and Two Million Naira). Atere who testified as prosecution witness 2 told the court that: “Okupe was a former Senior Special Assistant on Public Affairs to former President Goodluck Jonathan, whom he said came to the NTA and met with the management of the News Directorate which he happened to be a member then,┬áto request for the production of a one-hour programme to promote the policies and programmes of the then Federeal Government’s administration. He added, “we held a meeting and started planning for the programme. Subsequently, members of Okupe’s team came for another meeting with NTA.” He also revealed that after the meeting he was directed to raise a memo to send a budget proposal to the office of the Senior Special Assistant on Public Affairs on October 9, 2013 for which he said no response came from Okupe. He further added that the NTA assigned a producer for the proposed programme who was liaising with the team from Okupe’s office. He also shared that, by October 23, 2013, his boss the Executive Director News directed him to raise a memo to the Acting Director General NTA, informing him of the Okupe request and that by October 24, 2013, the Director-General minuted to him that the programme should be taken as part of corporate social responsibility and be broadcast at no cost. He then added that since then, he did not have much to do with the programme from this point as the producer was liaising with Okupe’s team.Photo Credit: Getty

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