Okupe Arrested And Releases, As EFCC Moves To Remove Ex-LP Director-General’s Name From Watchlist

Dr. Doyin Okupe

The immediate past Director-General of the Labour Party Presidential Campaign Council, Doyin Okupe, was on Thursday arrested by the Department of State Services at the Muritala Mohammed International Airport, Lagos.

His lawyer, Tolu Babaleye announced the arrest via Facebook.

According to him, Okupe was on his way to London.

He claimed that the DSS asked him to provide court processes where he paid the fine option following his money laundering conviction by the Federal High Court, Abuja.

Okupe was later released even as he stated that his arrest by the Department of State Service on the request of the Economic and Financial Crime Commission, was erroneously done.

The former Special Assistant on Media and Publicity to President Olusegun Obasanjo and Senior Special Assistant on Public Affairs to President Goodluck Jonathan stated that the officers of the EFCC in Lagos and Abuja have apologised for the error in his arrest.

Narrating the ordeal on his Twitter handle, Okupe wrote, “I was arrested and detained at the Murtala Mohammed International Airport, Lagos this morning, January 12, on my way to the UK for medicals, years after my passport was withheld by the FHC, Abuja.

“I just left the EFCC office where the senior and younger officers in Lagos and Abuja apologised to me for the error.”

On its part, the Department of State Service has explained the reasons behind the arrest of the immediate past Director-General of the Labour Party Presidential Campaign Council, Doyin Okupe.

The secret police said the arrest was done on the instance the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission as the mastermind for the interception.

Reacting to his rearrest on Thursday at the Lagos Airport, the Public Relations Officer for DSS, Dr Peter Afunanya, said the former LP campaign DG was arrested after his attempt to leave the country for London.

Meanwhile, the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission has said it will remove the former Director-General of the Labour Party Presidential Campaign Council, Dr. Doyin Okupe, from its watchlist following his arrest by the Department of State Security Service at the Murtala Muhammed International Airport in Lagos on Thursday.

Punch quotes a source at the EFCC confirmed to our correspondent that Okupe had been on the EFCC watchlist for about six years since 2016.

“Dr. Okupe is one of the individuals, groups, or organizations that required close surveillance, for legal reasons. In his case, he has been on our watchlist since 2016.”

The newspaper quoted the anti-graft agency’s spokesperson, Wilson Uwujaren, as saying, the EFCC would take immediate action to remove the former presidential aide from its watchlist.

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