The Federal High Court judge, Justice Ijeoma Ojukwu Abujaon,has adjourned the trial of former presidential aide, Doyin Okupe till February 8, 2021.
Okupe who was senior assistant on media during the tenure of President Goodluck Jonathan, is now on trial by EFCC on a 59-count charge of money laundering and diversion of funds to the total sum of 702 million naira.
Dr Doyin Okupe whose two companies (Value Trust Investments and Abrahams Telecoms) were also suspended since his arrest.
The judge at today’s sitting has permitted Okupe to travel to the U.K for medical treatment, having been unable to do that due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Defence counsel, Akinlabi Akinbade, told the court that his client’s medical appointment has been changed to December 20.
The defence also presented witness, Dele Oguntayo, who is a journalist, and described himself as publisher of the “Federalist Newspaper,” a tabloid established under Okupe’s office.
Led in his testimony by defence counsel, the witness said the newspaper was sold for N150 per copy.
But upon cross-examination by the second defence counsel, Tolu Babaleye, he said it was distributed free to readers and that the N150 is just mere amount.