A Federal High Court in Lagos has dismissed the $2 million money laundering charge filed  against Mr Uyiekpen Giwa-Osagie, a lawyer to Nigeria’s former vice president, Atiku Abubakar.

Justice Chukwujekwu Aneke held, among others, that the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission failed to establish that the money was illegal.

One of the counts had read: “ That you, Uyiekpen Glwa-Osagie and Erhunse Giwa-Osagie, sometime in February 2019, in Nigeria, within the jurisdiction of this Honourable Court conspired to commit an offence to wit: making cash payment of the sum of $2,000,000.00 without going through financial institution, which sum exceeded the amount authorised by Law; and you thereby committed an offence contrary to Section 18(a), and 1(a) of the Money Laundering (Prohibition) Act, 2011 as amended and punishable under Section 16(2)(b) of the same Act.”

The prosecution counsel, Kufre Uduak, had also informed the court that 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.