EFCC frees Abdullahi, arrests Turaki, Atiku’s lead defense

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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 presidential election.

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 been arrested.”

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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