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Alleged $2m fraud: Court discharges Atiku’s lawyer

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Rayyan Alhassan
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Rayyan Alhassan is a 30-year-old graduate of Journalism and Mass Communication at Sikkim Manipal University, Ghana. He is the acting Managing Editor at the Daily Nigerian newspaper, a position he has held for the past 3 years. He can be reached via [email protected], or www.facebook.com/RayyanAlhassan, or @Rayyan88 on Twitter.
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A Federal High Court sitting in Lagos State has dismissed a $2million money laundering charge against Uyiekpen Giwa-Osagie, a lawyer to former Vice President, Atiku Abubakar.

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Recall that the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, had arraigned Mr Giwa-Osagie for allegedly laundering $2 million during the 2019 general elections.

EFCC had accused Mr Giwa-Osagie of handling $2 million “without going through a financial institution, an amount that exceeds the amount authorised by law to be transacted in cash.

But while delivering his judgmeent on Monday, Justice Chukwujekwu Aneke held that the EFCC failed to establish that the money said to have been delivered to former President Olusegun Obasanjo in 2019, was illegal.

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