BY GEORGE OPARA
The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, Wednesday, closed its case in a 59-count cost, bordering on cash laundering, legal diversion of funds to the tune of N702,000,000 towards former Senior Special Assistant to ex-President Goodluck Jonathan on Media, Doyin Okupe.
Okupe was dealing with prosecution by EFCC earlier than Justice Ijeoma Ojukwu of the Federal High Court, sitting in Abuja.
EFCC spokesman, Tony Orilade disclosed this in a statement in Abuja.
He added, “At today’s proceedings, prosecution counsel, Ibrahim Audu introduced his final and sixth witness, Shuaibu Salisu, former Director Administration and Finance in the Office of National Security Adviser ONSA, who presently works with the National Intelligence Agency, NIA.
“Salisu told the court that “Sometime in 2012, Chief Okupe came to the Office of the National Security Adviser, ONSA, and after their discussion, I was directed to make a payment of N50 million (Fifty Million Naira) to him.”
According to him, “Okupe provided his account details, where I paid the amount into the bank account of Value Trust Investment.”
He added that he was additional directed by the ONSA to be paying N10 million month-to-month (Ten Million Naira) to Okupe for a interval of over two years, which he mentioned was lowered to a month-to-month N5million (Five Million Naira) in the direction of the tip of 2014 attributable to paucity of funds.
He mentioned he made different funds to Okupe as directed, saying that at a degree he was instructed to pay the defendant N6, 000, 000.
Further, Salisu revealed that someday in 2014, the then National Security Adviser, NSA, Sambo Dasuki directed that he paid the sum of N35million to an account supplied by Okupe and that he can even recall paying N50million in money to Okupe on Dasuki’s directive.
He informed the court that he solely obeyed directives in all of the funds he made to Okupe and didn’t know what the monies had been meant for.
When requested if there have been evidences of the funds, the witness reportedly informed the court that he often supplied Okupe with the fee vouchers, which he often signed.
When additionally requested if all of the funds had been captured in fee vouchers, Salisu was mentioned to have replied in the destructive.
Speaking below cross-examination by Okupe’s counsel, Akinlabi Akinbade, the witness disclosed that Okupe was not the one individual that acquired funds from ONSA. “Anybody that the NSA directs that payment be made to, we make payment,” he mentioned.
Also, Under similar cross-examination, the witness mentioned he had no purpose to consider that the funds he made had been from an unlawful source.
In his phrases, “Why would I assume it was illegal? I was only directed to make payments,”
Further , he mentioned among the fee directions he carried out whereas working in the ONSA got here verbally whereas others got here by writing.
He added that in the case of the funds to Okupe, all of the directions had been verbal.
However, the matter was adjourned to June 26, for the defence to open its case