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Fraud: Court Discharges Case Against Atiku’s Son-in-law, Babalele

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A Federal High Court sitting in Lagos State has thrown out a case of money laundering brought by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) against Abdullahi Babalele, a son-in-law to former vice president, Atiku Abubakar.

The EFCC had accused Babalele of laundering $140,000 and had filed a two-count charge against him.

However, on Monday, December 21, the court threw out the case.

The trial judge, Justice Chukwujekwu Aneke, ruled that case was dismissed on the ground of a wrong venue. The court held that the charge against the defendant ought not to have been filed in Lagos when the alleged offence was said to have been committed in Abeokuta, the Ogun State capital.

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

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