EFCC to arraign Atiku’s lawyer for allegedly laundering $2m

Atiku Abubakar

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) is set to arraign the lawyer of the presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the 2019 elections, Atiku Abubakar.

A copy of the charge sheet seen by The PUNCH on Friday showed that Uyiekpen Giwa-Osagie is accused of laundering $2 million before the 2019 general elections.

Mr Giwa-Osagie will be arraigned alongside a man said to be his brother, Erhunse Giwa-Osagie, before the Federal High Court in Lagos over three-count charges.


Atiku’s lawyer is said to have handled $2 million cash on February 12, 2019, without passing through a financial institution.

It is, however, not clear when Giwa-Osagie and his brother would be brought before the court.

EFCC lawyer, Rotimi Oyedepo, who signed the charge sheet, said the alleged offence ran contrary to Sections 18(a) and 1(a) of the Money Laundering (Prohibition) Act 2011 and were liable to be punished under Section 16(2)(b) of the same Act.