The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission has arrested Uyiekpen Giwa-Osagie, a lawyer for the Peoples Democratic Party presidential candidate, Atiku Abubakar.

Giwa-Osagie was picked up by the EFCC operatives on Monday night for allegedly laundering $2m.

He was reportedly implicated by a bureau de change operator who identified him as the owner of the money.

Giwa-Osagie, it was gathered, had been undergoing interrogation in the custody of the anti-graft commission.

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It was gathered that the commission’s operatives suspected the $2m might had been budgeted for vote-buying or to compromise electoral officials.

A source said, “We believe the money was earmarked for either campaign financing, vote-buying or to compromise electoral officials but investigations would show what the money was meant for, the sources and why it was routed outside regular banking channels.”

A former deputy spokesman of the All Progressives Congress, Timi Frank, described the arrest as a witch-hunt by the APC, noting that the anti-graft agency had left nobody in doubt that it was doing the bidding of the party and President Muhammadu Buhari.

In a statement on Tuesday, Frank said the arrest of Giwa-Osagie a few weeks after Tunde Ayeni, a former chairman of Skye Bank Plc (now Polaris Bank), was picked up and detained, showed that the APC was desperate to “starve the opposition of critical funding for its campaign.”

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