A Federal High Court sitting in Abuja on Monday has convicted former Senior Special Assistant (SSA) on Media to ex-President Goodluck Jonathan, Doyin Okupe, for allegedly breaching the Money Laundering Act.
In his judgment, Justice Ijeoma Ojukwu found Okupe guilty of contravening sections 16(1)&(2) of the Money Laundering Act, for accepting cash payments without going through a financial institution, in excess of the threshold allowed under the Act.
Okupe was said to have received hundreds of millions in cash from the office of the National Security Adviser (NSA) while Col. Sambo Dasuki (retired) was in office.
“I find the first defendant, Dr. Doyin Okupe, guilty on counts 34, 35, 36, and 59,” the court ruled.
Justice Ojukwu has stood down proceedings till 1:45 pm 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 sentence on the convict.
The court will proceed to pronounce its sentence thereafter.
Okupe is the Director General of the Presidential Campaign Council (PCC) of the Labour Party (LP).