Crime & Society

$140,000 fraud: Court acquits Atiku’s son-in-law

A Federal High Court sitting in Lagos Monday discharged Abdullahi Babalele, a son-in-law to former Vice President, Atiku Abubakar, of a two-count charge of laundering $140,000.

Justice Chukwujekwu Aneke threw out the charge file by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) on the ground of wrong venue.

He held that the charge against the defendant ought not to have beeen filed in Lagos when the alleged offence was said to have been committed in Abeokuta, the Ogun State capital.

Justice Aneke relied on the Supreme Court’s decision in a case between the EFCC and Mohammed Dele Belgore on territorial jurisdiction.

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