Money Laundering: Okupe Pays N13m Fine, Avoids Jail By The Whiskers
crime, and, of course, they most times end up in the slammer. That would have been the case with Doyin Okupe, former senior special adviser (SSA) to former President Goodluck Jonathan.
The current Labour Party DG stood accused of money laundering on 59 counts and was taken to court by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC). However, he was found guilty on just 26 of them.
The presiding judge, Justice Ijeoma Ojukwu granted him the option of a fine – #500,000 on each count preferred against him. She also gave him the time by which he must pay the fine (4 pm, by the close of the court).
Failure to pay within that time frame would have active the jail verdict and seen the embattled politician sent to Kuje Correctional Centre to serve his sentence.
But Okupe was able t tender proof that he had indeed paid the sum of #13 million fine. By that payment, he was again a free man without the specter of prison starring him in the face.
However, because he is a member of the Labour Party campaign council, the ruling party and its social media satraps have been using the court case to mock and taunt him and the Labour Party.