In an investigative report , it has been alleged that President Goodluck Jonathan paid at least N1.6 billion to two companies which have been linked to former media aid, Doyin Okupe.
The “projects” that were paid for was three pronged
- They were to hunt down “unfriendly” online media platforms and shut them down with Distributed Denial of Service attacks. (Unfriendly here being sites which were friendly towards Buhari or critical of Jonathan)
- They were to intercept all optic fibre cables landing in Nigeria.
- Passive mass and target GSM interception that had the ability to decrypt ciphers and operate undetected.
Mr. Okupe, a former Senior Special Assistant on Public Affairs to Mr, Jonathan, has so far evaded scrutiny in the ongoing arms contracting scandal where the former National Security Adviser, Sambo Dasuki, is charged for allegedly mismanaging funds meant for the fight against Boko Haram in Nigeria’s northeast region.
The government believes Mr. Dasuki’s actions led to the death of thousands of Nigerians and hundreds of Nigerian troops in the hands of Boko Haram fighters.
The contracts awarded Mr. Okupe’s close allies reinforces claims that the former NSA merely doled out cash and contracts to cronies and political associates and violated procurement regulations in the process.Source