Following the expiration of the 72-hour ultimatum issued to the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), by the spokesman of the Presidential Campaign Council of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Festus Keyamo, to arrest Atiku Abubakar, the presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) over alleged corruption, Keyamo has on Friday, filed a lawsuit via a Federal High Court in Abuja to achieve the prosecution mandate.
Information Nigeria had earlier reported on Wednesday that, Keyamo vowed to sue Atiku over alleged money laundering, breach of the Code of Conduct Act, criminal breach of trust and conspiracy adding that he should be detained and prosecuted.
The controversial audio that Michael Achimugu, a former Atiku aide, posted prompted Keyamo to make the demand.
Achimugu made a number of accusations against the PDP presidential candidate, specifically the allegation of using Special Purpose Vehicles to usurp funds while in office between 1999 and 2007.
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However, Keyamo, a serving minister of state for Labour and Employment, had issued the ultimatum in a letter dated January 16.
An excerpt from the suit reads, “A declaration of this Honourable Court that the 1st Defendant is under a legal obligation to make available to the 2nd, 3rd and 4th Defendants, for the purpose of aiding their investigation, information available to him in respect of a certain bank account belonging to a company named Marine Float and other accounts of two undisclosed companies, which information he disclosed to a certain close aide of his called Michael Achimugu, as to how the said accounts were used as a “Special Purpose Vehicles” to secretly divert and misappropriate public funds between 1999 and 2007 when the 1st Defendant served as Vice President of Nigeria.”
Joined in the suit as defendants besides Atiku and EFCC are the Independent Corrupt Practices and other Offences Related Commission (ICPC) and Code of Conduct Bureau (CCB).