EFCC frees Abdullahi, arrests Turaki, Atiku’s lead defense
The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has
released Babalele Abdullahi, son-in-law of Atiku Abubakar, the Peoples
Democratic Party (PDP) presidential candidate.
Abdullahi, who is the finance director of some companies
owned by Atiku was arrested on Saturday and set free after the anti-graft
agency invited Tanimu Turaki, a senior advocate of Nigeria (SAN) leading the
defense team of Atiku, to sign a bail document for him.
Turaki, who is also the deputy director-general of the PDP
Presidential Campaign Organisation was detained as well by the commission.
According to report, Paul Ibe, Abubakar’s spokesman said
Turaki is the lawyer coordinating the suit to challenge the outcome of the
He also said that the suit had been finalized and is
supposed to be filed in court on Tuesday.
He said “He is the one coordinating the team of lawyers, so
you should just use your tongue to count your teeth to understand why he has
He however asked “Why are President Muhammadu Buhari and the
APC scared of a legal challenge? Why are they mobilising all sorts of people
and group to beg His Excellency (Atiku) not to go to court?
Abdullahi, who has been in EFCC custody over allegations of
money laundering was released by the commission after Turaki’s arrest.
Meanwhile the opposition party has in a statement on Monday
said Turaki’s arrest is “part of the grand plot by the Buhari Presidency and
the All Progressives Congress (APC) to use state apparatus of power to
intimidate PDP leaders.”
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