EFCC Arrests Atiku’s Lawyer, Son-in-Law, Charges Lawyer With Money Laundery

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SWITZERLAND, AUGUST 9 – For the second time, the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has arrested two persons close to Nigerian opposition leader, Atiku Abubakar.

Both men were arrested by the anti-graft agency a few daysafter the presidential elections in February but were released shortly after.

Today’s Echo gathered that Uyi Giwa Osagie, a longtime legal adviser to Mr Abubakar, and Abdullahi Babalele, the former vice-president’s son in-law, were taken into custody on Thursday evening, according to multiple sources familiar with the development.

They were arrested after honouring an EFCC invitation in Lagos, sources said.

Below are the charges against Osagie;

COUNT 1

That you UYIEKPEN GlWA-OSAGIE and ERHUNSE GlWA-OSAGIE, sometimes in February 2019 in Nigeria within the jurisdiction of this Honourable Court conspired to commit an offence to wit: making cash payment of the sum of $2,000,000.00 (Two Million United State Dollars) without going through financial institution which sum exceeded the amount authorized by Law and you thereby committed an offence contrary to Section 18(a), and 1(a) of the Money Laundering (Prohibition) Act, 2011 as amended and punishable under Section 16(2)(b) of the same Act.

COUNT 2

That you UYIEKPEN GIWA-OSAGIE on or before the 12th day of February 2019 in Nigeria within the jurisdiction of this Honourable Court, procured ERHUNSE GIWAOSAGIE to make cash payment of the sum of $2,000,000.00 (Two Million United State Dollars) without going through financial institution, which sums exceeded the amount authorized by Law and you thereby committed an offence contrary to Section 18(c) of the Money Laundering (Prohibition) Act, 2011 as amended and punishable under Section 16(2)(b) of the same Act.

COUNT 3

That you ERHUNSE GlWA-OSAGIE sometimes in February 2019 In Nigeria within the jurisdiction of this Honourable Court made the payment of the sum of $2,000,000.00 (Two Million United State Dollars) without going through financial institution, which sum exceeded the amount authorized by Law and you thereby committed an offence contrary to Sections 1(a). & 16(1). (d) of the Money Laundering(Prohibition) Act, 2011 (As Amended) and Punishable under section 16 of the Same Act.The arrest is coming five months after Babalele and Giwa-Osagie were detained for several days while being questioned in a multi-million dollar money-laundering probe.He was reportedly arrested after a bureau de change operative allegedly identified him as the owner of $2 million found in its possession.The commission alleged that the funds were to be used for the 2019 general elections.

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