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Court Grants Okupe N100m Bail, Fixes New Date For Trial

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission on Monday arraigned Doyin Okupe, a former Senior Special Assistant to former president Goodluck Jonathan, for 702-million-naira money laundering.
He was arraigned on a 59-count charge of Money Laundering and Criminal Diversion of funds before Justice Ijeoma Ojukwu of Federal High Court in Maitama, Abuja, with two companies, Value Trust Investment Ltd and Abrahams telecoms ltd.
The accused pleaded ‘not guilty’ to the charges.
Following Okupe’s plea, the prosecuting counsel, Ibrahim Audu, asked for a date for commencement of the trial. Okupe’s counsel, Tolu Babaleiye, through a motion on notice, dated December 17, 2018, prayed the court to admit the defendant to bail.
After listening to the arguments, justice Ojukwu granted bail to the defendant in the sum of 100 million naira with one surety in like sum. She adjourned till February 27 for trial.

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