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Okupe arrest: DSS acted on 2016 order – EFCC

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The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has reacted to the arrest of Doyin Okupe by the Department of State Services, DSS.

The ex-Director General of the Peter Obi-Datti Baba Ahmed Campaign was detained earlier on Thursday.

The DSS arrested him at the Murtala Muhammed International Airport in Lagos but was said to have apologized as it was a major error.

The former presidential adviser was heading to the United Kingdom for medical attention when he was intercepted at the airport.

EFCC Head of Media, Wilson Uwujaren said the DSS informed the commission of the interception.

He clarified that the security agency was working with a watchlist request issued on July 18, 2016.

This is now six years before Okupe’s recent conviction on money laundering charges by the Federal High Court, Abuja.

“The Commission was in the process of formally lifting the watch list before his interception and will expedite action in this regard”, Uwujaren added.

Okupe, who has been released, disclosed that EFCC senior officers in Lagos or Abuja “apologised for the error”.

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