The Federal High Court Abuja has found Dr Doyin Okupe guilty of receiving over N200 million cash from former National Security Adviser (NSA) Col. Sambo Dasuki and also sentenced him to two years imprisonment.
Justice Ijeoma Ojukwu while delivering judgement on Monday, December 19, held that the action of Okupe, who is the first defendant in the suit filed by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), violated the Money Laundering Act. He was found guilty on counts 34 to 59 of the charges.
The court sentenced Okupe, who is the Director-General of the Peter Obi Campaign Organisation, to two years imprisonment on count 34 with an option of a fine of N500,000.
The court also sentenced him to two years imprisonment on counts 35 to 59 with an option fine of N500,000. The option of fine is to run consecutively on each count while the sentence is to run concurrently. The sentence to run from the day of delivering the judgment.
The court noted that it refrains from making any custodial order, but the convict is the property of the state.
Meanwhile, Lai Mohammed, the Minister of Information and Culture, on Monday, December 19, 2022 revealed that following the suspension of the microblogging service, Twitter had discussions with the Nigerian government.
Mohammed provided this clarification in response to the assertion made by a former senior Twitter official.
The Twitter official had stated that Nigeria and the firm had not discussed the ban from the country’s cyberspace. The minister called the attempt to deny what happened between the two parties “ludicrous”.
He made this known while speaking at a news conference in Abuja.
After President Muhammadu Buhari’s deleted tweets telling the Indigenous People of Biafra that they “would be dealt in the language they understand,” the Federal Government of Nigeria (FG) formally prohibited Twitter from operating in Nigeria on June 5, 2021.