Director General Of Peter Obi’s Campaign, Doyin Okupe, Sent To Two Years Imprisonment For Corruption

The Director-General of the Labour Party Presidential Campaign Council, Doyin Okupe, has been sentenced to two years for breaching the Money Laundering Act.

KOKO TV reported that Okupe was convicted of the offence on Monday by a Federal High Court in Abuja.

Justice Ijeoma Ojukwu presiding over the case on Monday found Okupe guilty of contravening sections 16(1)&(2) of the Money Laundering Act and accepting cash in excess of the threshold allowed under the Act without going through a financial institution.

Okupe was on found guilty of receiving over N200 million cash from a former National Security Adviser, Col. Sambo Dasuki (retd.).

He was therefore sentenced to two years by Justice Ojuwku with an option of N500, 000 fine on each of the 26 count charges for which he was found guilty.

Delivering her judgment, the judge held that Okupe, who is the first defendant in the suit filed by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, violated the Money Laundering Act, and had up to 4:30 pm on Monday to pay the fine option, totalling the sum of N13 million on all the charges he was found guilty of or be sent the Kuje Correctional Centre.

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Justice Ojukwu, in sentencing Okupe, considered the pleadings for leniency from the wife of the convict, Omolola Okupe, and that of his son, Adesunkanmi Okupe, and the allocutus by his counsel.

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While stating that the Money Laundering Act provided that no individual or organisation shall receive any sum above N5 million and N10 million 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 in violation of the money laundering.

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