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EFCC reacts to Doyin Okupe’s arrest by DSS

Doyin Okupe's attorney, Tolu Babaleye, has petitioned the Department of State Services (DSS) for his client's release from incarceration. Okupe was previously the Director-General of the Labour Party's Presidential Campaign Council.

Dr Doyin Okupe, a former media adviser to former President Goodluck Jonathan, was arrested today by the Department of State Services (DSS) based on a watch list created in 2016, according to the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, which is now intending to remove the individual from the list.

Okupe was detained on Thursday at Lagos’s Murtala Muhammed International Airport en route to London.

When asked about Okupe’s arrest, Peter Afunanya, a spokesman for the secret police, said that the politician had been turned over to the anti-graft agency that had initially requested his arrest.

“Yes, Doyin Okupe was intercepted by the DSS at Terminal 1 of Murtala Mohammed International Airport, Lagos, this morning at the instance of the EFCC.

“He has long been handed over to the Commisson which requested for the action. Okupe was billed to fly to London via Virgin Atlantic,” Afunanya said.

Wilson Uwujaren, the spokesman for the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), responded to the news by saying that the Service had added Okupe to its watch list over six years before his recent conviction on money laundering charges by the Federal High Court in Abuja.

The statement read, “The Department of State Services, DSS, today, January 12, informed the Commission of the interception of Doyin Okupe, former presidential adviser, at the Murtala Muhammed International Airport in Lagos.

“The Service acted on a watch-list request issued on July 18, 2016, over six years before his recent conviction on money laundering charges by the Federal High Court, Abuja.

“The Commission was in the process of formally lifting the watch-list before his interception and will expedite action in this regard.”

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