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Court convicts Obi’s Campaign DG, Doyin Okupe for money laundering

The Federal High Court sitting in the Federal Capital Territory, has convicted Doyin Okupe, former Senior Special Assistant (SSA) on Media to ex-President Goodluck Jonathan, for alleged money laundering.

He is the Director General of Labour Party (LP) Presidential Campaign Council (PCC).

Presiding over the case on Monday, Dec. 19, Justice Ijeoma Ojukwu found Okupe guilty of contravening sections 16(1)&(2) of the Money Laundering Act and accepting cash payments in excess of the threshold allowed under the Act without going through a financial institution.

The former presidential aide was said to have received millions of Naira in cash from the office of the National Security Adviser (NSA) Col. Sambo Dasuki (retired) while he was in office.

Ojukwu stood down proceedings till 1:45pm 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.

Meanwhile, CorrectNG reported earlier that Presidential candidate of Labour Party (LP), Peter Obi has said the primary purpose of any govenment is to take care of the poor.

He stated this during an interview with NTA while talking about his plans to lift millions of Nigerians out of poverty.

Obi reiterated his position that the moment he commences a system which promotes production there will be more revenue to cater to the needs of the less privileged.

The former Anambra state governor, however, said that he is dealing with a criminal structure and he is aware that it will not be easy for him to win but with the help of Nigerian youths it can be done.