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Alleged $2m Laundering: Atiku's Lawyer Dragged To Court

Uyiekpen Giwa-Osagie

BY FRANCIS IWUCHUKWU, LAGOS 

A money laundering charge has been filed before a Federal High Court sitting on Ikoyi, Lagos State, Nigeria, against Uyiekpen Giwa-Osagie, lawyer to Nigeria's former Vice President Atiku Abubakar.

The charge was instituted by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, which accused Atiku's lawyer of laundering $2million ahead of this year’s general elections in which Atiku, Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) candidate, contested against President Muhammadu Buhari.

The anti-graft agency particularly insisted that Giwa-Osagie handled the said sum without going through a financial institution, having exceeded the amount authorised by law to be transacted in cash.

The three counts charge which was signed by the prosecutor, Rotimi Oyedepo reads:

“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.”

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