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DSS arrests Doyin Okupe at Lagos airport on his way to UK

The Department of State Services (DSS) have arrested the immediate past Director-General of the Labour Party Presidential Campaign Council, Doyin Okupe.

He was intercepted by operatives at the Muritala Mohammed International Airport, Lagos while enroute London, United Kingdom.

Okupe’s lawyer, Tolu Babaleye, made the disclosure through Facebook on Thursday, 12th January.

According to him, the DSS asked the former presidential aide to provide court processes where he paid the fine option following his money laundering conviction by the Federal High Court, Abuja.

Bableye said; “The reason according to source is that he was asked to produce evidence that the Federal High Court Abuja has freed him from the case in which he was convicted and paid fine to the knowledge of the whole world and was allowed to go home.

“When will this harassment stop? Who is after Dr. Okupe? As of today, the man has no case to answer, I hereby demand that the DSS should release my client immediately as this is a violation of his freedom of movement, right to liberty and dignity of human person. This is unfair as the man’s health is fast failing”.

The anti-graft agency confirmed the arrest in a statement released by Public Relations Officer, Peter Afunanya, saying it was at the instance of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission.

He said Okupe has already been handed over to the EFCC.

Afunanya said: “Doyin Okupe was intercepted by the DSS at Terminal 1 of Murtala Mohammed International Airport, Lagos, this morning (Thursday) at the instance of the EFCC.

“He has long been handed over to the Commission, which requested for the action. “Okupe was billed to fly to London via Virgin Atlantic”.