Uyiekpen Giwa-Osagie, lawyer to former Vice President Atiku Abubakar, has been re-arraigned by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission for allegedly laundering $2m during the 2019 general elections.
Atiku, who was a major contender in the 2019 general elections lost to President Muhammadu Buhari.
In the three counts filed before the Federal High Court in Lagos, the EFCC accused Atiku’s lawyer and his younger brother, Erhunse Giwa-Osagie, of conspiring to make a cash payment of $2m without going through a financial institution during the electioneering.
According to the anti-graft agency, the transaction contradicts the provisions of Sections 18(a) and 1(a) of the Money Laundering (Prohibition) Act 2011, and he added that the defendants were liable to be punished under Section 16(2)(b) of the same Act.
The Giwa-Osagie brothers on Friday pleaded not guilty before Justice C.J. Aneke, although they had earlier been arraigned August last year before Justice Nicholas Oweibo of the same court.
Their re-arraignment on Friday followed the transfer of the case file from Justice Oweibo to Justice Aneke.
Justice Aneke permitted them to continue on the bail earlier granted them by Justice Oweibo following an application by their lawyer, Ahmed Raji (SAN).
The judge later adjourned till Monday, March 9, to rule on Atiku’s lawyer’s application seeking permission to travel to London for a medical appointment.