Doyin Okupe, a Senior Special Assistant on Public Affairs to the immediate President Goodluck Jonathan, has admitted to receiving funds from the office of the former National Security Adviser, Sambo Dasuki, but denied that the funds he received were part of the $2.1 billion arms fund allegedly misappropriated by the ex-NSA.
“I was not paid arms deal money. NSA paid for running of my office monthly from August 2012. Dasuki-gate was in 2014,” he tweeted in the early hours of Sunday.
“I did not take part in campaign,” Mr. Okupe said, adding that “I was not involved in any aspect of the campaign. Neither was my office.”
“However, I kept up with my duties as a principal aide of the president and continued media engagement and interface where necessary. I received no special funds for any program or project connected with electioneering.”
The Ex-NSA as well as other members of the past administration are currently being prosecuted for their roles in the scam now known as #Dasukigate.
Dr. Okupe, who served under Jonathan from 2012 to 2015, has been accused of receiving at least N1.6bn from Dasuki in three shady cyber security contracts.
It was gathered that one of the contracts had instructions to hunt down unfriendly media websites with Distributed Denial of Service attacks.
It was believed to be a project conceived to shut down online media platforms perceived as friendly towards Muhammadu Buhari, the then presidential candidate of the All Progressives Congress ahead of the 2015 election.
The other contract was to intercept all optic fibre cables landing in Nigeria. The third was a passive mass and target GSM interception that had the ability to decrypt ciphers and operate undetected.