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EFCC traces Atiku’s ‘laundered’ money to Obasanjo Presidential Library in Ogun State

Atiku Abubakar and Olusegun Obasanjo

Operatives of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) today, paid a visit to the Olusegun Obasanjo Presidential Library (OOPL) in Abeokuta, Ogun State, as part of an ongoing investigation into the probe of former Vice-President Atiku Abubakar’s son-in-law, who was involved in an alleged money laundering scandal to the tune of 150 million euros, an amount which the EFCC has alleged was meant for bribing INEC officials and electorates in the recently concluded February 2019 elections

It was gathered that investigators went to the Library earlier this month to affirm the claims made by one of those under probe that he gave one of the Library officials $140,000 (approximately N50 million)

According to reports, the EFCC officials, accompanied by policemen, stormed premises of the former President’s Library, went into some of the offices looking for evidence and proofs. It could not be confirmed whether any document was taken out of the Library by the operatives, but nobody was arrested.

Our operatives went to the library with some riot policemen in anticipation of 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, ”

an EFCC source told The Nation.

The Olusegun Obasanjo Presidential Library was opened on March 4, 2017. It is a historic, tourist and academic center established as a national archive for the preservation of documents and materials used by the President during his tenure between 1999 and 2007.

Atiku’s son-in-law Abdullahi Babalele is being investigated alongside others for allegedly laundering €150 million. The money was believed to have been spent to influence the 2019 election in which Atiku was the Presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP. About €67, 950,000 was traced to ex-VP Atiku’s associate Uyi Giwa-Osagie’s account, Babalele’s account, two slush firms, and two Bureau de Change operators.

Babalele is expected to account for 41,900,000 euros. According to reports, Babalele gave about N50million ($140,000) to his childhood friend, Bashir Mohammed to deliver to an official at the Presidential Library in Abeokuta. The anti-graft agency is investigating why the money was taken to the Presidential Library.

Bashir has reportedly admitted that he delivered the cash to the Presidential Library. It was learned that Bashir was taken by detectives to the Presidential Library. Those interrogated including Babalele, Osagie, and Mohammed, are on administrative bail pending the filing of a case against them.”

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