Immediate former CEO of the Labor Party Presidential Campaign Council, Doyin Okupe, has stated that his re-arrest by the State Department Service at the request of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission was wrong and should not have happened.
Okupe, who was arrested at Murtala Mohammed International Airport on Thursday morning, said his passport had been long held by the Abuja Federal High Court even before convicting him of violating sections of the Money Laundering Act that drew two and a half years in prison.
Former special assistant for media and publicity to the president Olusegun Obasanjo and senior special assistant for public affairs to the president Goodluck Jonathan added that EFCC officers in Lagos and Abuja apologized for the mistake in his arrest.
Recounting the ordeal on his Twitter account, Okupe wrote: “I was arrested and detained at Murtala Mohammed International Airport, Lagos, this morning, January 12, on my way to the UK for medical tests, years after the FHC keep my passport. Abuja.
“I have just left the EFCC office where senior and junior officers in Lagos and Abuja have apologized to me for the mistake.”
Consulting the action, he asked if it was an occupational hazard.
In the meantime, the punch tried to get more clarification on the Okupe issue, but had not yet gotten a response to messages sent to his handle at the time of filing this report.
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