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What happened in court on Tuesday between EFCC vs Doyin Okupe



Equity Ijeoma Ojukwu of the Federal High Court, Abuja, on Tuesday, deferred the preliminary of a previous Senior Special Assistant to former President Goodluck Jonathan, Doyin Okupe, to June 26, 2019, after questioning of the fifth observer, Mr. Remigus Ugor, a Compliance Officer with Zenith Bank PLC.

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission is indicting Okupe, EFCC, on a 59-check charge verging on tax evasion, criminal redirection of assets to the tune of N702, 000,000 (Seven Hundred and Two Million Naira) as it were.

At the continued hearing, Remigus Ugor, while being questioned by Okupe’s Counsel, Akinlabi Akinbade, told the court that Okupe is a signatory to the two records he offered as proof yet that he doesn’t know if the litigant has other financial balances.

While being interviewed by the barrier Counsel to Value Trust Investment Ltd, Ugor told the court that he doesn’t know the reason for which the installment was made or what it was paid for, including that it’s solitary the bank clients that see the explanation behind the stores made to the banks.

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The observer likewise discharged various installments produced using Value Trust Investment Ltd; to different people and organizations, which incorporated a check of N3million to Gbenga Arulegba of ‘Center Nigeria’ a program kept running on African Independent Television, AIT, on June 18, 2013, and another N2,200,000 to Aruleba on August 6, 2012.

As per Ugor, there was an installment of N500, 000, at some point in 2013, to one Suleiman Aledeh, another N12million exchange to Channels Incorporated Ltd on November 4, 2014, and another total of N2, 150,000 installments to one Charles Iorhemba of Nigeria Television Authority, NTA.

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Ugor additionally told the court that the bank could open an organization account without a SCUML’s testament relying upon the idea of the organization. While being questioned by the barrier insight to Abrahams telecoms Ltd, Ezenwa Ifegbulam, on whether the store of N35, 050,000, on October 2014, made to Abraham Telecoms was a suspicious or fake exchanges, Ugor told the court that he can’t state on the off chance that it was false or not, including that he realizes the bank reports transfers above N10million to supervisory bodies.

The judge deferred the case to June 26 and 28, 2019 for the continuation of preliminary.


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