Alleged Money laundering: Court remands Atiku’s son-in-law, lawyer

Justice Nicholas Oweibo of the Federal High Court in Lagos on Wednesday ordered the remand of Abdullahi Babalele, son-in-law of Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) presidential candidate Alhaji Atiku Abubakar.

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) arraigned him for allegedly laundering $140,000 during the general elections.

The commission also arraigned Atiku’s lawyer, Uyiekpen Giwa-Osagie and his brother, Erhunse Giwa-Osagie, on a separate charge of laundering $2 million.

Both were also remanded pending bail.

EFCC, in the two-count charge against Babalele, said he “procured” Bashir Mohammed on February 20 to make cash payment of $140,000 without going through a financial institution.

Prosecuting Counsel Rotimi Oyedepo said the sum exceeded the amount authorized by law to be transacted in cash.

EFCC added that Babalele “aided” Mohammed to make cash payment of $140,000 “without going through financial institution”.

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