Operatives of the Nigerian Secret Police – Department of State Service(DSS) have arrested former Director General of the Presidential Campaign Council (PCC) of the Labour Party, Doyin Okupe, at the Murtala Muhammad International Airport, Lagos.
Okupe was billed to fly to London via Virgin Atlantic through Terminal 1 of Murtala Mohammed International Airport, Lagos.
One of the Okupe’s lawyers, Tolu Babaleye, disclosed this on his facebook page.
Babaleye said Okupe, a former presidential aide, was arrested by the DSS on his way to London hospital for treatment.
Babaleye stated, “The information reaching me now is that Dr. Doyin Okupe has been arrested at Lagos Airport by the DSS on his way to London,” the lawyer said.
“The reason according to the source is that he was asked to produce evidence that the Federal High Court Abuja has freed him from the case in which he was convicted and paid fine to the knowledge of the whole world and was allowed to go home.
“When will this harassment stop? Who is after Dr. Doyin Okupe? As at today, the man has no case to answer anywhere, I hereby demand that the DSS should release my Client immediately as this is a violation of his freedom of movement, right to liberty and dignity of human person. This is unfair as the man health is fast failing!.”
Okupe recently resigned his appointment as the DG of the Peter Obi/Datti Presidential Campaign following a Federal High Court ruling in Abuja that convicted him of violating the Money Laundering Act.
He was found guilty of receiving over N200 million cash from a former National Security Adviser, Col. Sambo Dasuki (retd.).
Okupe was therefore sentenced to two and half years by Justice Ojukwu with an option of N500, 000 fine on each of the 26 counts for which he was found guilty.
The Department of State Service has however explained that Okupe was picked at the Murtala Mohammed International Airport, Lagos State, at the instance of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission(EFCC).
According to the Public Relations Officer for DSS, Dr Peter Afunanya, the secret police has handed Okupe over to the EFCC, which masterminded the arrest.