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Court dismisses $2m suit against Atiku’s lawyer

Uyiekpen Giwa-Osage. Photo: The Nigeria Lawyer

A Federal High Court in Lagos has dismissed a $2million money laundering charge filed by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, against Uyiekpen Giwa-Osagie, a lawyer to former Vice President, Atiku Abubakar.

The court also discharged his brother Erhunse Giwa-Osagie of the same charge.

The siblings were re-arraigned last year February on a three-count charge of laundering $2million in the build up to the last general elections.

The EFCC had alleged that the duo made cash payment of the said sum without going through a financial institution, which exceeded the amount authorised by law.

In 2019, EFCC received intelligence that politicians were moving around with United States dollars to influence the result of the last general elections, the anti-graft agency testified in court.

It called two witnesses who testified in favour of its allegation that the $2m was evidence of such activity.

But the defendants opposed the anti-graft agency, arguing among others that they never acted illegally.

They filed a no-case submission praying the judge to dismiss the charge.

The judge said EFCC could not establish that the money was illegal.

WAHAB AKINLADE

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