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UPDATED: Court sentences Peter Obi campaign DG Doyin Okupe to 2 years in prison over money laundering

A Federal High Court in Abuja has sentenced the Director-General of the Peter Obi Presidential Campaign Doyin Okupe to 2 years in prison over money laundering.

In a judgment delivered on Monday, Okupe was found guilty of 26 out of a 59-count charge preferred against him by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC).

Ijeoma Ojukwu, the presiding judge, sentenced Okupe to two years in prison on each of the counts.

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However, the sentence is to run concurrently.

Additionally, the judge said the convict is at liberty to pay a N500,000 fine on each of the counts — totalling N13 million.

Recall that the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) had arraigned the Director-General of the Peter Obi Presidential Campaign in 2019 on a 59-count charge bordering on alleged money laundering and diversion of N702 million.

Also, the Labour Party in Ogun State expelled  Doyin Okupe, over alleged non-financial membership status, high-handedness, and financial recklessness.

Okupe was on Thursday, December 1, 2022, expelled along with 10 others members accused of breaching the party’s constitution.

The state chairman of the party, Michael Ashade, disclosed this in Abeokuta, the state capital, saying that the expelled members had allegedly breached the Labour Party constitution.

Ashade, flanked by the National Publicity Secretary of the party , Abayomi Arabambi and the State Secretary, Feyisola Michael, said Okupe ceased to be the party member after his failure to meet the mandatory constitutional requirements to fulfill membership status.

He said Okupe, having failed in the payment of his membership dues for the last six months of joining the party, has forfeited his membership of the party and is no longer fit and competent to continue to act as the DG of the Presidential Campaign Council.

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