As part of the inquiry into Atiku Abubakar son-in-law, EFCC operatives allegedly visited the Olusegun Obasanjo library
The former vice president’s son reportedly gave money to a library official
However, it was not clear whether the operatives found any document at the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) library reportedly visited the Presidential Library of Olusegun Obasanjo as part of the investigation into the bribe scandal of Atiku Abubakar’s son-in-law Abdullahi Babalele.
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According to The Nation, the son-in-law of the former vice president is under investigation by EFCC over €150 million cash-for-poll bribe scandal. Detectives reportedly went to the Obasanjo library on August 8 to “authenticate the claims by one of those under probe that he gave $140,000 (about N50 million) to a library official.”
It was reported that EFCC officials who were accompanied by police combed the offices although it wasn’t clear if any documents were taken.
A source said: “Our operatives went to the library with some riot policemen in anticipation of a possible resistance. But there was none.
We did our job lawfully without any inhibition. We are still investigating the case. We are screening some documents in our possession on the matter.” Atiku’s son-in-law is reportedly under investigation alongside others for allegedly laundering €150 million which believed to have been spent to influence the 2019 election.
Sources claimed Babalele gave about N50 million ($140,000) to his childhood friend, Bashir Mohammed, to deliver to an official at the Presidential Library in Abeokuta. Bashir has reportedly admitted that he delivered the cash to the Presidential Library. A document on the preliminary investigation reads:
“That between 05/02/2018 and 27/11/2018 €41,900,000 (forty one million, nine hundred thousand euro) which sums are reasonably suspected to be proceeds of unlawful activities, was received by a firm linked to Babalele.
“That on February 20, 2019 Babalele called Bashir Mohammed his childhood friend and informed him that he will transfer N50 million to him which should be converted to United States dollars.
“That Bashir converted the N50 million at the rate of 360 per dollar amounting to about $140,000 “That on the instruction of Babalele, Bashir took the money to Olusegun Obasanjo Presidential Library, and delivered it to an official in cash.
“That the cash delivered is in excess of the amount authorized by the Money Laundering Prohibition Act, 2011 as amended.”
It was reported that Bashir was taken by detectives to the Presidential Library.
Yawanews.ng revealed that Babalele, who was in custody, was released by the EFCC. He was published on Friday 16 August after a Federal High Court arrested him on allegations of money laundering