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EFCC Charges Atiku’s Lawyer For Money Laundering

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has slammed a $2million money laundering suit against Uyiekpen Giwa-Osagie, former Vice President Atiku Abubakar’s lawyer.

The anti-graft agency accused Osagie of laundering the money ahead of the 2019 general elections in Nigeria. He is accused of handling the huge cash without going through any financial institution.

Also included in the charge filed by Rotimi Oyedepo, EFCC’s lawyer is Erhunse Giwa-Osagie brother to Uyiekpen Giwa-Osagie.

In a three-count charge filed at the Federal High Court in Lagos, the EFCC said the sum exceeded the amount authorised by law to be transacted in cash, contravened sections 18(a) and 1(a) of the Money Laundering (Prohibition) Act 2011, punishable under Section 16(2)(b).

Naija News gathered they may be arraigned next week.

The charges read: “That you Uyiekpen Giwa-Osagie and Erhunse Giwa-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 authorised 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.

“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 Giwa-Osagie to make cash payment of the sum of $2,000,000.00 without going through financial institution, which sum exceeded the amount authorised 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.

“That you Erhunse Giwa-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 without going through a financial institution, which sum exceeded the amount authorised 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.”

Recall Atiku contested and lost the 2019 presidential election in Nigeria. He is, however, challenging the election report before the presidential election tribunal.




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