EFCC Releases Atiku’s Son-in-law, Arrests Former Presidential Aspirant, Turaki

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Alex Enumah in Abuja

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has released Babalele Abdullahi, son in-law to the presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the just-concluded presidential election, Atiku Abubakar.

Babalele was arrested last Saturday by operatives of the anti-graft agency after a search conducted at both his office and home in Abuja.

The arrest was believed to be part of efforts at dissuading Atiku from pursuing legal action against the alleged rigging of the presidential election by the All Progressives Congress (APC) that saw him lost to the incumbent President Muhamadu Buhari.

However, following calls by the PDP and others, it was learnt that the commission has released Babalele, who is also the finance director of a group of companies owned by Atiku.

However, THISDAY gathered that while Atiku’s son-in-law was released, Turaki, a Senior Advocate of Nigeria (SAN) and PDP presidential aspirant in the 2019 general election was arrested and detained at at the Idiagbon House, Wuse office of the commission.

When contacted, acting spokesperson of the EFCC, Tony Orilade said he was not privy to the information but would get back to us
today.