SCANDAL! I Delivered Atiku's $140,000 To Obasanjo Before Elections — Witness Tells Court
Nov. 13, 2019
Former President Olusegun Obasanjo has been implicated in the ongoing money laundering charges against Abdullahi Babalele, son-in-law of Atiku Abubakar, former vice-president.
Bashir Mohammed, the EFCC witness summoned to the Tuesday hearing told Justice Chukwujekwu Aneke that he made delivery of naira equivalent of $140,000 to the former president at his residence in Ogun state.
Obasanjo had supported Atiku Abubakar, the main opposition PDP candidate in the February 23 presidential election.
While being led in evidence by counsel to the EFCC, Rotimi Oyedepo, the witnessed who described himself as Babalele's “close friend” said the accused reached out to him sometime in February and commissioned him to deliver the money to the “elder statesman”.
According to him, Babalele requested two bank accounts where the sum was credited.
“When I got to the gate, somebody came and took me inside where I met former President Olusegun Obasanjo and delivered the message,” the witness said.
“I called the defendant in the presence of former President Obasanjo and informed him that I had delivered the message. He said that was good and thanked me.”
Under cross-examination by Mike Ozekhome, the defence counsel, Mohammed affirmed that he wrote a statement at the office of the EFCC during the investigation.
Ozekhome’s sought to tender the statement as an exhibit but was opposed by the prosecutor.
Chukwujekwu Aneke, the judge, adjourned the case till Wednesday to rule on the admissibility of the document.
Bashir Mohammed told a federal high court in Lagos on Tuesday that Abdullahi Babalele, son-in-law of Atiku Abubakar, former vice-president, gave Olusegun Obasanjo the naira equivalent of $140,000.
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