The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, has said the arrest of former presidential aide, Doyin Okupe, by the Department of State Services, DSS, was based on a watchlist of 2016.
Okupe was today picked up at the Murtala Muhammed International Airport in Lagos, weeks after he was convicted of violating money laundering Act.
In a statement by the Head, Media and Publicity, Wilson Uwujaren, the EFCC said the watchlist was about being pulled when DSS acted.
The statement read, “The Department of State Services, DSS, today, January 12, informed the Commission of the interception of Dr. Doyin Okupe, former presidential adviser, at the Murtala Muhammed International Airport in Lagos.
“The Service acted on a Watch-list request issued on July 18, 2016, over six years before his recent conviction on money laundering charges by the Federal High Court, Abuja.
“The Commission was in the process of formally lifting the watchlist before his interception and will expedite action in this regard.”
Confirming the arrest, Okupe tweeted, “I was arrested & detained @ the MM int airport, Lagos this morning 12th Jan on my way to UK for medicals, yrs after my passport was withheld by the FHC Abuja.I just left the efcc office where snr officers in lagos& Abuja appologised to me for the error. OCCUPATIONAL HAZZARD abi?”