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EFCC releases Atiku’s son-in-law, arrests his lead counsel

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The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) the presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Atiku Abubakar’s son-in-law, Abdullahi Babalele.

Babalele, who was arrested by EFCC operatives at his Maitama, Abuja, home last Saturday, for allegedly laundering €150 million, was released late last night.

Babalele was released after the anti-graft agency invited Tanimu Turaki, a senior lawyer who is leading the defense team of Atiku to sign a bail document for him (Abdullahi).

He was released after his was granted administrative bail by the commission.

However, Turaki who is also the deputy director-general of the PDP Presidential Campaign Organisation was detained by the EFCC.

Conforming Turaki’s arrest, the acting spokesperson for the commission, Tony Orilade, said: “I heard of it yesterday; but let me get confirmation and the details.”

Reacting to the arrests, the PDP said this is the ruling party, All progressives Congress (APC) grand plot to use power to intimidate the opposition.

The spokesperson for the PDP, Kola Ologbondiyan, said the development is also to scuttle opposition’s effort to reclaim its mandate allegedly stolen at February 23, 2019 Presidential polls.

“Since the people’s candidate, Atiku Abubakar and the PDP expressed our unwavering determination to reclaim our victory at the tribunal, being armed with overwhelming evidence, our leaders have been subjected to escalated harassments, constant threats, blackmails, cajoling and contrivances by the APC to drop our legal option,” Ologbondiyan said.

“The PDP, however, states in clear terms that the APC and the Buhari Presidency are fighting a lost battle as no amount of harassment and threats will ever make the party to buckle in its determination to take back the mandate, in line with the wishes and aspirations of Nigerians,” he said.


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