Nigeria’s anti-graft agency, Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), has finally spoken and confirmed the arrest of Babalele Abdullahi, the Finance Director of Atiku Abubakar’s group of companies.
The commission confirmed Abdullahi’s arrest on Monday, March 4, two days after his father-in-law, Atiku, announced that he had been apprehended by the federal government agency.
The EFCC, according to the spokesman for the commission, Tony Orilade, is investigating Babalele, Atiku’s son-in-law, over the allegation of money laundering.
“We are investigating a case of money laundering against Abdullahi,” he told the News Agency of Nigeria.
“We shall speak at the appropriate time.”
President Muhammadu Buhari’s rival in Nigeria’s 2019 presidential election had on Saturday said he would not be cowed by any plot to blackmail him as he informed the public about the arrest of his son-in-law.
And on Monday, March 4, the former vice president said in a tweet that “My son in law and lawyer have been detained, one for 3 weeks and the other recently. They are paying the price for supporting me.
“I urge those now persecuting them to remember that a government’s mandate is to pursue peace and justice for all, and not just those who support them.”
Buhari, who vied for re-election on the platform of All Progressives Congress (APC), polled 15,191,847 votes to defeat Atiku, who got 11,262,978 votes.
But the PDP candidate has since rejected the result of the election, claiming it was manipulated.
He said: “The suppressed votes in my strongholds are so apparent and amateurish, that I am ashamed as a Nigerian that such could be allowed to happen. How can total votes in Akwa-Ibom, for instance, be 50 per cent less than what they were in 2015?
“Another glaring anomaly is the disruption of voting in strongholds of the PDP in Lagos, Akwa-Ibom, Rivers and diverse other states, with the authorities doing little or nothing and in some cases facilitating these unfortunate situations.”