Money Laundering: Court Remands Atiku’s Son-In-Law, Lawyer, One Other In EFCC Custody

Atiku’s lawyer, Uyiekpen Giwa-Osagie, discussing with his lawyer, Mike Ozekhome (SAN), after his arraignment today

Atiku’s lawyer’s brother, Uyiekpen Giwa-Osagie, coming out of the court, after his arraignment over alleged Laundering of $2 million USD

 

A Federal High Court, today, remanded Abubakar Atiku’s son-in-laws, Abdullahi Babalele, a lawyer,  Uyiekpen Giwa-Osagie, who is said to be Atiku’s lawyer and the brother to the lawyer, Erhunse Giwa-Osagie, in the custody of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) till tomorrow, Thursday, when their bail applications would be entertained.

         The court presided by Justice Nicholas Oweibo, remanded Babalele, and the Giwas-Osagie’s brothers in the EFCC’s custody, after pleas were taken in money Laundering charges.
 
 
        Prior to the remand order, the EFCC had arraigned the trio in two different charges.
 
 
 
 
       While the Atiku’s son-in-law, Babalele was slammed with a two count-charge of Laundering $140,000 USD, the Giwa-Osagie’s brothers were arraigned on three counts charge of Laundering $2 million USD.
 
 
 
          In the charge against Babalele, the EFCC alleged that he had on February 20, 2019,  procured and aided one Bashir Mohammed to make cash payment of the sum of $140,000 USD, without going through financial institution.
         In the same vain, Osagie’s brothers were also alleged to have on February 12, 2019, aided each other and made cash payment of $2 million USD, without going through the financial institutions.
         The offences, according to the prosecution, are contrary to sections 18(c), 18(a), 1(a), 16(1), (d) of the Money Laundering (Prohibition) Act, 2011 as amended and punishable under Section 16, 16(2)(b)16(2)(b) of the same Act.
          After the defendant’s not guilty pleas were separately taken, lawyer to Atiku’s son in-law, Mike Ozekhome, Ahmed Raji and Norrison Quakers both (SAN) for Osagie’s brothers, told the court that they have filed and served the prosecution with their  clients bail applications, but the EFCC is yet to file any response to the applications.
           Both Ozekhome and Ahmed Raji in their separate submissions, informed the court that the prosecutor, Oyedepo, had told them that he will file his response today.
           They therefore urged the court to allow their clients to be in the custody of the EFCC till tomorrow (Thursday) when the applications would be heard and determined.
          Responding, the prosecutor, Oyedepo, admitted that the defendants’ bail applications have been served on his office since last week but said he just laid his hands on them today. And undertake to file his responses to the applications today.
        On where the defendants should be remanded after pleas have been taken, Oyedepo told the court that the proper place to remand the defendants after plea taken, is prison custody, adding that the agency’s remand facility is overstretched.
           He therefore urged the court to remand the defendants in prison custody till the hearing and determination of their bail applications.
         However, Justice Oweibo in his bench ruling, ordered that the three defendants be remanded in the EFCC’s custody till Thursday, when their bail applications shall be entertained and determined.
Charge against the Atiku’s In-Law in charge number FHC/L/284c/19, reads
 
         Count One:  “that you Abdullahi Babalele on or about the 20th day of February, 2019, in Nigeria within the jurisdiction of this Honourable Court, procured Bashir Mohammed to make cash payment of the sum of $140,000. 00 (One Hundred and Forty Thousand 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.
       Count 2: “that you Abdullahi Babalele on or about the 20th day of February, 2019 in Nigeria within the jurisdiction of this Honourable Court, aided Bashir Mohammed to make cash payment of the sum of $140,000. 00 (One Hundred and Forty Thousand 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) of the Money Laundering (Prohibition) Act, 2011 as amended and punishable under Section 16(2)(b) of the same Act.
While charges against the Osagie’s brothers in charge number FHC/L/283c/19, read:
         Count One: “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 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  Giwa-Osagie 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.


 
         
          Count 3: “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 (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 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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