Babalele Abdullahi, an associate of Atiku Abubakar, presidential candidate of the
Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has been released by the Economic Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC).
Abdullahi is Atiku’s son in-law and Finance Director of companies owned by the Wazirin Adamawa.
Segun Sowunmi, Atiku’s spokesman, confirmed the development Tuesday morning on Twitter.
“Atiku Abubakar’s son in-law has been released. That is the way to go. Thank you is in order”, he tweeted.
EFCC had on Monday said it had begun investigation of alleged money-laundering against Abdullahi.
EFCC acting spokesman of EFCC, Mr Tony Orilade, stated: “We are investigating a case of money laundering against Abdullahi. We shall speak at the appropriate time”.
He declined to disclose the figure involved in the laundering allegation against Abdullahi.
Meanwhile, Deputy Director General (Admin) of PDP Campaign Organization, Barr. Tanimu Turaki, has been arrested by the EFCC.
A source in the party confirmed to DAILY POST that Turaki, a Senior Advocate of Nigeria (SAN) was playing a major role in the suit against Buhari’s victory and that it was the reason EFCC was holding him.
He said: “It might interest you to know that Turaki is the one coordinating the body of lawyers for Tuesday’s filing of the suit challenging the mandate stolen by Buhari February 23.
“EFCC swapped Babalele, Lawan and Lawani for Turaki, who came in the afternoon to perfect release of the trio. As the trio were released at about 10.30pm, KTT (Turaki) was detained in their stead.”
Reacting, PDP spokesman, Kola Ologbondiyan, in a statement, noted that Turaki’s arrest and detention is part of the grand plot by the Buhari Presidency and the All Progressives Congress (APC) to use state apparatus of power to intimidate PDP leaders and scuttle PDP’s determination to reclaim its victory in court.