DSS arrested Okupe with six-year-old watchlist request – EFCC

Written by on January 13, 2023

The Department of State Services (DSS) arrested a former presidential adviser Dr. Doyin Okupe on Thursday morning based on an Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) watch-list request issued over six years ago, The Nation has learnt.

The DSS arrested Okupe at the Murtala Mohammed International Airport, Lagos and handed him over to the EFCC.

DSS spokesman, Dr. Peter Afunanya, who confirmed the arrest, said Okupe’s interception was at the instance of the EFCC and handed over to the agency. But the EFCC said it released Okupe soon after because the watch-list request had expired.

EFCC Head, Media & Publicity, Wilson Uwujaren said the Commission issued the watch-list request on July 18, 2016 over six years before Okupe’s recent conviction on money laundering charges by the Federal High Court, Abuja.

The Nation Newspaper reports that Uwujaren explained that the EFCC was about to lift the watch-list request before the DSS acted.


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