The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has arraigned Doyin Okupe, a former Senior Special Assistant to former president, Goodluck Jonathan.

Okupe is standing trial on a 59-count charge bordering on “money laundering and criminal diversion of funds” to the tune of N702, 000, 000 (Seven Hundred and Two Million Naira) only.

He was arraigned along with two companies, Value Trust Investment Ltd and Abrahams Telecoms Ltd allegedly involved in the commission of the fraud.

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He pleaded “not guilty” to the charges and upon this, the prosecuting counsel, Ibrahim Audu, asked for a date for “commencement of the trial”.

However, Okupe’s counsel, Tolu Babaleiye, through a motion on notice dated December 17, 2018 prayed the court to admit the defendant to bail on self-recognizance adding that “he will not jump bail as he is well known” and “will in no way tamper with evidence”.

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But Audu argued that “the defendant was given administrative bail after he volunteered his statement thereafter, he was nowhere to be found until December 2018 in Lagos”.

He further said that “there was nothing substantial in the defendant’s affidavit” adding that there is nothing to show that the medical certificate is authentic and nothing to show it meets the requirements of the evidence act as it was electronically generated.

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After listening to all the arguments, Justice Ijeoma Ojukwu granted bail to the defendant in the sum of N100 million with one surety in like sum.

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