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EFCC Files $2m Money Laundering Charges Against Atiku’s Lawyer

The Economic Financial Crimes Commission has filed a three-count-charge of conspiracy and money laundering against Uyiekpen Giwa-Osagie, one of the lawyers of former Vice President Atiku Abubakar.

The anti-graft agency in the case it filed before the Federal High Court, Lagos accused Giwa-Osagie of laundering $2million ahead of this year’s general elections in which Atiku, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) candidate, contested against President Buhari.

The EFCC claimed in the charge that the lawyer alongside Erhunse Giwa -Osagie, said to be his brother, handled the $2million without going through a financial institution.

The commission also alleged that the sum exceeded the amount authorised by law to be transacted in cash.

According to the EFCC, the accused violated Sections 18(a) and 1(a) of the Money Laundering (Prohibition) Act 2011, punishable under Section 16(2)(b).

The charges read: “That you Uyiekpen Giwa-Osagie and Erhunse Giwa-Osagie, sometimes in February 2019 in Nigeria within the jurisdiction of this court, conspired to commit an offence to wit: making cash payment of the sum of $2million 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 February, 2019 in Nigeria, within the jurisdiction of this court, procured Erhunse Giwa-Osagie to make cash payment of the sum of $2million without going through financial institution, which sum exceeded the amount authorised by law and 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 court, made the payment of the sum of $2million without going through a financial institution, which sum exceeded the amount authorised by law and thereby committed an offence contrary to Sections 1(a) and 16(1)(d) of the Money Laundering (Prohibition) Act, 2011 (as amended) and punishable under Ssection 16 of the Same Act.”

They will be arraigned next week before Justice Chuka Obiozor, a vacation judge in Lagos.

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