DSS Arrests Doyin Okupe At Lagos Airport
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Nigeria’s secret police, the Department of State Services (DSS) on Thursday morning arrested a chieftain of the Labour Party (LP) and former Director General of the Peter Obi Campaign Organisation, Doyin Okupe.
He was arrested at the Murtala Mohammed International Airport in Lagos
Okupe was billed to fly to London via Virgin Atlantic before he was apprehended by the secret police.
He was intercepted at the instance of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), DSS spokesman, Peter Afunanya said in a statement on Thursday.
Afunanya also said the LP chieftain has been handed over to the anti-graft agency.
“Doyin Okupe was intercepted by the DSS at Terminal 1 of Murtala Mohammed International Airport, Lagos this (Thursday) morning 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,” the DSS spokesman said.
He resigned in December after Justice Ijeoma Ojukwu of a Federal High Court in Abuja on December 19, 2022 found him guilty of receiving over N200 million cash from former National Security Adviser (NSA), Sambo Dasuki, ruling that his action violated the Money Laundering Act.
The court held that Okupe was guilty in counts 34, 35, 36, and 59 and sentenced him to two years imprisonment with an option of a fine.
Okupe subsequently paid a N13m fine but appealed the judgment of the court.
Okupe was replaced by a former aide to then President Goodluck Jonathan, Akin Osuntokun.