July 18, 2016 – Doyin Okupe: How I Spent N50Million I Received From Dasuki, How Ex-President Jonathan Approved The Fund
Doyin Okupe: GEJ Ordered Dasuki To Give Me N10Million To Buy Furniture & N30Million As Personal Bonus
Official press statement by Doyin Okupe, GEJ special adviser
In my interactions with the EFCC, I have been asked to explain only three issues so far:
1.Why I received N50m from the office of the National Security Adviser at the onset of my appointment, and what I used the money for.
2.Why I was paid N10m monthly by the Office of the National Security Adviser.
3.Why I received another sum of N50m from the NSA in October 2014.
These are the ONLY subject of interrogation with the commission so far. My explanations were as follows:
1.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 for my office.
2.The N10m I received from the Office of the National Security Adviser 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 programs, bulletins, and media consultants who assist and facilitate our work. I had about 23 staff, 11 were graduates out of which 5 were Masters Degrees holders. Details were submitted to EFCC
3.The second N50m was approved again by Mr President when I reported to him that the monthly allowance has been cut from N10m to N5m and that I was no longer in a position to keep running a 1hr NTA network program called INSIGHT which was aired 9-10am every Friday and some other days of the week. We paid NTA about N1.2m monthly for airtime. Two presenters were paid N600,000 monthly. We paid for tapes and editing per program. Besides we also pay honorarium for guests either directly or inform of hotel bills for those outside Abuja, or transportation. This cost averagely N500,000 weekly or about N 2m monthly. All in all we spent about N4m monthly on the program. Mr President promised to help with the expenses. About a few months later when we had incurred some debts, the NSA sent me a sum of N50m which was to cover the cost of the program for 12 months (12×N4m=N48m)
I confided in the officers of the commission about my health situation for them to understand why where and how I sleep was important to my overall well being.
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 Center in Atlanta, where this defect was corrected. It’s 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.
It is a pity that the situation in the country is so bad that everybody believes that there are no men with honour in politics or government. It is not true. I have submitted all my personal and company accounts to the EFCC. I have nothing to hide.
N10million to furnish a rented apartment and N30million for grant of office…. chai!!! these politicians wicked oooo… Where is former President Jonathan in all of these????