The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has released Babalele Abdullahi, son-in-law of Atiku Abubakar and finance director of some companies owned by the presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).

Abdullahi was arrested on Saturday and released after the anti-graft agency invited Tanimu Turaki, a Senior Advocate of Nigeria (SAN) leading the defense team of Atiku, to sign a bail document for him.

Turaki is also deputy director-general of the PDP Presidential Campaign Organisation.

Tony Orilade, EFCC spokesman, confirmed his arrest on Tuesday but did not give details.

Paul Ibe, Abubakar’s spokesman, said Turaki was coordinating the suit to challenge the outcome of the presidential election.

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He added that the suit had been finalised and is supposed to be filed in court on Tuesday.

“He is the one coordinating the team of lawyers, so you should just use your tongue to count your teeth to understand why he has been arrested.” 

“Why is President Muhammadu Buhari and the APC scared of a legal challenge? Why are they mobilising all sorts of people and group to beg His Excellency (Atiku) not to go to court?”

Abdullahi, who has been in EFCC custody over allegations of money laundering, was subsequently freed by the commission after Turaki’s arrest


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