Da­suki gave me N100m on Jonathan’s in­struc­tion — Okupe

Daily Trust - - NEWS - By Isi­aka Wak­ili

Former Pres­i­dent Good­luck Jonathan’s aide, Doyin Okupe, has re­vealed that a former Na­tional Se­cu­rity Ad­viser, re­tired Col. Sambo Da­suki, gave him N100 mil­lion on Jonathan’s in­struc­tion.

Okupe, who was Jonathan’s Se­nior Spe­cial As­sis­tant on Pub­lic Af­fairs from 2012 to 2015, dis­closed this in a state­ment while re­act­ing to his ar­rest and in­ter­ro­ga­tion by the Eco­nomic and Fi­nan­cial Crimes Com­mis­sion (EFCC).

He said he had told the EFCC that he was re­ceiv­ing N10mil­lion from Da­suki ev­ery month to pay his (Okupe’s) work­ers’ salaries and run a weekly pro­gramme on the Nige­rian Tele­vi­sion Author­ity.

Okupe stated: “The ini­tial N50m was ap­proved by the pres­i­dent to be paid to me from his se­cu­rity vote. N10m was to fur­nish my rented liv­ing apart­ment and an­other N10m for my of­fice. The bal­ance N30m was ap­proved as take-off grant for my of­fice. The N10m I re­ceived from the Of­fice of the Na­tional Se­cu­rity Ad­viser monthly was to run my of­fice, pay salaries of staff, in­clud­ing over­heads, pay ex­penses for our nu­mer­ous press con­fer­ences, pay for pub­li­ca­tions in news­pa­pers, mag­a­zines, lo­cal and for­eign, tele­vi­sion pro­grams, bul­letins, and me­dia con­sul­tants who as­sist and fa­cil­i­tate our work. I had about 23 staff, 11 were grad­u­ates out of which five were masters de­gree hold­ers. De­tails were sub­mit­ted to the EFCC.

“The sec­ond N50m was ap­proved again by Mr Pres­i­dent when I re­ported to him that the monthly al­lowance had been cut from N10m to N5m and that I was no longer in a po­si­tion to keep run­ning a one hour NTA net­work pro­gram called IN­SIGHT which was aired 9-10am ev­ery Fri­day and some other days of the week. We paid NTA about N1.2m monthly for air­time. Two pre­sen­ters were paid N600,000 monthly. We paid for tapes and edit­ing per pro­gram. Be­sides, we also paid hon­o­rar­ium to guests ei­ther di­rectly or in form of ho­tel bills for those out­side Abuja, or trans­porta­tion. This cost av­er­agely N500,000 weekly or about N2m monthly. All in all we spent about N4m monthly on the pro­gram. Mr Pres­i­dent promised to help with the ex­penses. About a few months later when we had in­curred some debts, the NSA sent me a sum of N50m which was to cover the cost of the pro­gram for 12 months.”

The ex-pres­i­den­tial aide lamented that without his clear­ance or au­tho­ri­sa­tion, the EFCC re­vealed his health sta­tus to the me­dia.

“This is a sad de­vel­op­ment and a def­i­nite breach of the con­fi­dence I re­posed in the com­mis­sion as an in­sti­tu­tion of gov­ern­ment. I was born with si­nus brady­ca­dia, a nondis­ease based slow­ness of the heart. It pre­cluded me from vig­or­ous ex­er­cise from child­hood, but I’ve, by God’s grace, been able to live a nor­mal and ac­tive life. With age, the slow­ness grew worse and life threat­en­ing. I sought med­i­cal help and went through a pro­ce­dure at the Ar­rhyth­mia car­diac Re­search Cen­tre in Atlanta where this de­fect was cor­rected. It’s just a year ago and I’m still un­der satel­lite mon­i­tor from the USA. This is what I re­vealed to the EFCC and they made it a pub­lic is­sue,” he said.

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