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EFCC Arrests Atiku’s Lawyer Giwa-Osagie Over Money Laundering

Atiku Abubakar’s lawyer, Uyi Giwa-Osagie has been arrested by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC).

Giwa-Osagie was arrested over alleged money laundering of about $2m.

EFCC Arrest Atiku's Lawyer Giwa-Osagie Over Money Laundering
PDP Presidential Candidate, Atiku Abubakar

The EFCC arrested him after he honoured its invitation in Lagos State on Thursday.

In the charge sheet, the EFCC alleged that the legal adviser made a payment up to the tune of $2 million without going through any financial institution.

It says the amount exceeded the authorised legal amount.

The money was meant for the 2019 general election.

Below are some of the counts against the lawyer:

Count one

That you UYIEKPEN GlWA-OSAGIE and ERHUNSE GlWA-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 authorized 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.

Count two

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 GIWAOSAGIE to make 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 authorized 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.

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