By Gideon Njoku
It was a double whammy for former Vice President Atiku Abubakar and the PDP Presidential candidate in the 2019 Presidential election, when a Federal High Court sitting in Lagos, on Wednesday, remanded his son-in-law, Abdullahi Babalele and lawyer, Uyiekpen Osagie-Giwa, in the EFCC custody.
Both men, Directors of the Atiku Group of Companies, were arrested by the EFCC last Friday, and have been in detention since then, thus, spending the Sallah celebration and holidays with the Commission.
They were arraigned on Wednesday before the Hon. Justice Nicholas Oweibo, charged with money laundering.
Babalele was charged with, allegedly, laundering the sum of $140,000 in the weeks running to the Presidential election. He is the Financial Director to the Atiku Group of Companies.
Osagie-Giwa, on the other hand, was charged with laundering the sum of Two Million US Dollars, allegedly, in connection with the Presidential election.
Both men pleaded not guilty to the charges, and were remanded in the EFFC custody pending when their bail will be argued on Thursday.
Last Friday when they were arrested and detained, the PDP had alleged it was a witchhunt targeted at its presidential candidate, in order to force him to give up on his case against President Muhammadu Buhari, and to hurt him financially.
Atiku is challenging the victory of President Buhari at the Presidential Election Tribunal.