Doyin Okupe – Jonathan told Dasuki to give me N100m

Okupe also added that he received N10m
monthly from Dasuki to pay salaries and run a
program on the Nigerian Televison Authority
(NTA).
The EFCC grilled Okupe following revelations
from their investigations, that he got N162m
from Dasuki, » but was later allowed to go
home on health grounds.
Punch reports that he said “I was born with
sinus bradycadia, a non-disease based
slowness of the heart. It precluded me from
vigorous exercise from childhood but I have
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 was just a year ago and I am
still under satellite monitor from the USA. This
is what I revealed to the EFCC and they made
it a public issue.”
Shedding more light on the funds he allegedly
collected from the former NSA, Okupe said
“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.
“The N10m I received from the ONSA 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 programmes, bulletins,
and media consultants who assist and facilitate
our work. I had about 23 staff, 11 were
graduates out of which five were master’s
degree holders.
“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 position to
keep running a one-hour NTA network
programme called INSIGHT which was aired
9-10am every Friday.
“We paid NTA about N1.2m monthly for
airtime. Two presenters were paid N600,000
monthly. We paid for tapes and editing per
programme. Besides we also pay honorarium
for 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 spend about N4m
monthly on the programme. Mr. President
promised to help with the expenses. About a
few months later when we had incurred some
debts the NSA sent me this N50m which was to
cover the cost of the programme for 12
months.”
Adding that his company, Romix soilfix, also
bidded for, and won a contract for the
construction of rural roads in Niger State
worth N76.5m.
He also said the job has not been completed
due to lack of funds.
Okupe said “The job is still ongoing. The
relationship of this to my service as senior
special assistant to President is still not clear.”
Dr. Doyin Okupe was the Senior Special
Assistant on Public Affairs to former President
Goodluck Jonathan from 2010 – 2015.

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