Former aide to ex-president, Goodluck Jonathan, Doyin Okupe has denied reports that he got contracts from former National Security Adviser (NSA), Sambo Dasuki.
Okupe said further that he and Dasuki never got along and that the former NSA pushed him out of Jonathan’s re-election campaign in 2015.
“Unknown to many Nigerians, and quite usual with politics at the top, for reasons not clearly defined, I never got along well with colonel Dasuki retired,” the former Jonathan aide said in a statement, according to The Cable.
“In fact, he twice told me to my face that he will get Alhaji Gulak and myself out of former president Jonathan’s administration. Colonel Dasuki would never have patronised me or any associate of mine.
“It was for this reason I was totally schemed out from the entire presidential campaign in 2015.
“Romix Technologies is an offshore company registered in Cyprus. I am not the owner, I have no relationship with it neither do I have any financial interest. I had no knowledge of their bidding for contracts from the office of the National Security Adviser, I was not informed when they were awarded any contract neither was I in the know of what and when they were paid.
“I have not benefited financially from the proceeds of payment for the said contract neither can any money be traced to me, or any of my family members or associates,” Okupe said.
Dasuki is at the center of a massive money laundering investigation and is alleged to have supervised the looting of the $2.1 billion in funds which were meant for the procurement of arms for Nigeria’s military.
He was arrested by the Department of State Services (DSS) on December 1, 2015 and handed over to the EFCC the day after.
The former NSA is reported to have implicated several prominent persons in the deal including former governors, ex-ministers and members of the PDP.
Dasuki’s lawyer however denied the report that his client had become an informant while the former NSA said that ex-President, Goodluck Jonathan was aware of the transactions he had made.
Jonathan has however denied authorizing the release of the stated funds despite the former NSA’s claim that he got the necessary presidential approval for the transactions.
Dasuki was released on bail from Kuje Prison in December 2015 but was soon re-arrested by the DSS.
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