A Federal High Court in Lagos has dismissed a $2million money laundering charge filed by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, against Uyiekpen Giwa-Osagie, a lawyer to former Vice President, Atiku Abubakar.
The court also discharged his brother Erhunse Giwa-Osagie of the same charge.
The siblings were re-arraigned last February 23, on a three-count charge of laundering $2million in the build up to the last general elections.
The EFCC alleged that sometime in February, 2019, the duo conspired and committed the offence by making cash payment of the $2m without going through a financial institution as the sum exceeded the amount authorized by law.
The EFCC also called two witnesses who testified in favour of its allegation that the $2m was evidence of such activity.
The commission closed its case and prayed the court to order the duo to open its defense.
But the defendants opposed the anti-graft agency, arguing among others that they never acted illegally.
They filed a no-case submission praying the judge to dismiss the charge.
Ruling on the applications, Justice Aneke upheld the Giwa-Osagies’ submissions.
He held, among others, that the EFCC failed to establish that the money was illegal.