Alleged N2.1bn fraud: Those waiting for my arrest will wait endlessly – Okupe

OkupeFormer Senior Special Assistant (SSA) on Public Affairs to ex-President Goodluck Jonathan, Dr. Doyin Okupe, on Tuesday, refuted online reports that the  Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has begun investigation into his alleged involvement in the payment of N2.1 billion from the former National Security Adviser (NSA), Col. Sambo Dasuki, to the former Chairman of DAAR Communications, Chief Raymond Dokpesi. Okupe Okupe who took to his Facebook page to debunk the reports which stated that the EFCC has written to the Presidency to investigate the involvement of his office as Special Assistant to the President on Public Affairs, however, pointed that his office didn’t have a budget or any capital vote and therefore lacked the capacity to award contracts, when he held sway. Okupe said: “My attention has been drawn to publications on two online publications stating that EFCC is probing me with respect to the payment to Daar Communications Ltd. and the now famous $2.1 billion Dasuki gate. “They claim in their write up that EFCC has written to the Presidency to investigate the involvement of my former office, office of the special assistant to the President on public affairs. “My office does not have a budget or any capital vote. My office lacked the capacity to award contracts. I was employed to do a job and I was loyal and committed totally to my employer and whatever I considered was important in the line of my duty. “I did not receive neither did I take any special gratifications for what I did. This is what is difficult for most of my detractors to believe. From the entire write up it is obvious the writer(s) of the story were speculating and imagining things that are not real. “The EFCC cannot embark on an investigation based purely on fiction and delusionary imaginations. I am ashamed at the extent some unscrupulous and ill-bred journalists will go to disparage the innocent by publishing outright falsehood. Even if people are paid to bring imaginary political enemies down, do they not have the fear of God? “Those who are impatiently waiting for my arrest , by the Grace of the Almighty God who I serve, and whose precepts I have kept all my life, in and out of office, will wait till kingdom come,” Okupe said. However, according to one of the publications, in the letter titled: “Investigation Activities Re: Presidential Media Initiative (PM)” dated December 3, 2015, with Reference number CR:3000/EFCC/ ABJ/STF/VOL.137, the EFCC said it was investigating a case of diversion of public funds in which the sum of N2.1 billion was paid for purpose of providing national public relations project.

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