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The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, on Monday told the Federal High Court in Lagos how Uyiekpen Giwa-Osagie, a lawyer to a former Vice President of Nigeria, Atiku Abubakar, allegedly laundered $2 million.

An EFCC investigator, Shuaibu Shehu, told Justice Chukwujekwu Aneke that Giwa-Osagie received instruction from the former Vice President to give the $2m to one of Atiku’s security guards.

Giwa-Osagie is standing trial alongside his brother, Erhunse Giwa-Osagie, on a three-count charge of money laundering to the tune of $2m brought against them by the EFCC.

At Monday’s sitting, Shehu, who was led in evidence by the prosecution counsel, Kufre Uduak, said the Commission, sometime in 2019, received intelligence that some politicians were moving around with US dollars to influence the result of the last general elections.

He said it was also revealed that the sum of $1.6million was given to one Alhaji Lawan Abdullahi, a Bureau De Change Operator.

He said based on the intelligence received, his team conducted investigations and recovered the sum of $1.459million in cash.

Justice Aneke adjourned the matter till January 13, 2021, for continuation of trial.

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