At present, the Financial and Monetary Crimes Fee arraigned Doyin Okupe, a former Senior Particular Assistant to former president, Goodluck Jonathan, on a 59-count cost bordering on “cash laundering and prison diversion of funds” to the tune of N702, 000, 000 (Seven Hundred and Two Million Naira) solely.
Okupe was introduced earlier than Justice Ijeoma Ojukwu of a Federal Excessive Courtroom, Maitama, together with two firms, Worth Belief Funding Ltd and Abrahams Telecoms Ltd allegedly concerned within the fee of the fraud.
One of many counts reads: “That you just, Dr. Doyin Okupe, being the Senior Particular Assistant to President Goodluck Jonathan from July 2012 to Might 2015, and being the Managing Director/Chief Government Officer, and a signatory to the checking account of Abrahams Telecoms Ltd, on or concerning the third October, 2014 in Abuja inside the jurisdiction of this Honourable Courtroom, immediately took possession or management of the sum of N35 million, transferred to the account of Abrahams Telecoms Ltd from the account of the Workplace of the Nationwide Safety Adviser with the Central Financial institution of Nigeria purporting to be for particular companies if you fairly should have recognized that the mentioned fund fashioned a part of the proceeds of an illegal exercise”.
He pleaded “not responsible” to the costs. Upon his plea, the prosecuting counsel, Ibrahim Audu, requested for a date for “graduation of the trial”. Nonetheless, Okupe’s counsel, Tolu Babaleiye, via a movement on discover dated December 17, 2018 prayed the courtroom to confess the defendant to bail.
“The defendant will on no account tamper with proof for the reason that proof of proof is earlier than the courtroom which means investigation has been concluded,” he mentioned. Babaleiye additional urged the courtroom to confess the defendant to bail on self recognizance including that “he is not going to soar bail as he’s well-known”.
Whereas responding to the appliance, Audu argued that “the defendant was given administrative bail after he volunteered his assertion thereafter, he was nowhere to be discovered till December 2018 in Lagos”.
He additional mentioned that “there was nothing substantial within the defendant’s affidavit” including that there’s nothing to indicate that the medical certificates is genuine and nothing to indicate it meets the necessities of the proof act because it was electronically generated.
“The courtroom ought to train its discretion judicially and judiciously based mostly on supplies equipped earlier than the courtroom,” he added, stressing that the courtroom ought to think about, “the gravity of the punishment within the occasion of conviction on the costs introduced in opposition to the defendant”.
After listening to all of the arguments, Justice Ojukwu granted bail to the defendant within the sum of N100 million with one surety in like sum. The trial decide mentioned: “The surety have to be resident inside the jurisdiction of the courtroom, and should depose to an affidavit of means, should have landed properties which should even be inside the jurisdiction of the courtroom. Should undergo the courtroom tax clearance papers from 2016 to 2018, even have current passport . The surety and defendant should deposit their worldwide passport to the courtroom. The paperwork are to be deposited with the Deputy Chief Registrar Litigation of the courtroom.”
Justice Ojukwu, thereafter, adjourned to February 27, 28 and March 6, 2019 for trial.