Okupe escapes jail, pays N13m conviction fine

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Doyin Okupe, Director General, Peter Obi Campaign Organisation on Monday evening, paid N13 million for the 52-year jail term bagged for N240 million money laundering offence.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that Justuce Ijeoma Ojukwu, in a judgment, had found Okupe guilty in 26 out of the 59 counts preferred against him by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC).

Justice Ojukwu had ordered that the 26 counts, which attracted 2-year jail-term each, would run concurrently, meaning, the convict would only spend two years in prison.

The judge, however, gave an option of N500, 000 in each of the counts, amounting to N13 million, which must be paid before 4:30pm (the close of work) today.

She ordered that if Okupe failed to meet the option of fine within the time frame, he should be taken to Kuje Correctional Centre to serve his prison term.

However, a check at the court at about 6pm showed that Okupe, who is the Director General of the Presidential Campaign Council (PCC) of the Labour Party (LP) Presidential Candidate, Mr Peter Obi, had paid the money.

The wife and son of Okupe had earlier pleaded for leniency after he was convicted.

Mrs Omolola and Mr Adesunkanmi Okupe, while testifying to the convict’s good character, begged the court to temper justice with mercy.

Omolola decsribed her husband as a good man.

“I got married to him on the 1st of May, 1991. My husband is a very good person. He had been a role model to myself and children with sound Christian values.

“I have never found him in any allegation of this before. I will like to appeal to the court for leniency.

“My husband has dedicated his life to serve the nation and he is not here today because he is found guilty of the offence but because of his mistake. I ask the court to consider his health and age which is 70 years. He has run his family effectively my lord,” she said.

Also, Adesunkanmi said: “I have known him for 31 years. He is a man of honesty and integrity with great character. I have a privilege of being mentored by him throughout my life time.

NAN