Saharareporters can authoritatively report that the newly appointed Senior Special Assistant to President Goodluck Jonathan on Public Affairs, Dr. Doyin Okupe, spent close to one month in jail between July and August 2006 on allegations of fraud.
Our sources within the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) said he was detained by the commission for defrauding the Imo State government of several millions of Naira for contracts he failed to execute after collecting mobilization fees.
Mr. Okupe who was a former National Republican Convention (NRC) chieftain and later a spokesperson to President Obasanjo spokesperson, was released by the EFCC on bail but was not charged because of administrative changes at the commission.
When Mrs. Farida Waziri eventually took over as the chairperson of the EFCC, Mr. Okupe's files were moved to Abuja under the pretext that fresh investigations, concerning another contract fraud that reportedly involved the Benue State government, was taking place.
EFCC sources said the files have since disappeared but that efforts to retrieve them are ongoing.
SaharaReporters calls and text messages to Mr. Okupe today were not answered.