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Keyamo goes on the offensive, slams ICPC, EFCC with suit seeking Atiku’s arrest –

The spokesman for the National Progressive Congress Party’s presidential campaign committee, Festus Kayamo, has further raised the demand for the arrest of Atiku Abubakar, the presidential candidate of the People’s Democratic Party.

To accomplish this task, Key connotationfiled charges against the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) on Friday after an ultimatum to the commission to arrest Atiku on corruption charges lapsed.

The Senior Prosecutor of Nigeria (SAN) joined the Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Offenses Commission (ICPC) and Code of Conduct Bureau (CCB) in the proceedings, which came after his 72-hour ultimatum expired.

the defendant read the order;

1. ALHAJI ATIKU ABUBAKAR

2. Code of Conduct Bureau

3. Independent Corrupt Practices (and Other Related Offenses) Commission

4. Economic and Financial Crimes Commission.

An excerpt from the lawsuit reads: “The Honorable Court states that Defendant 1 is legally bound to provide to Defendants 2, 3, and 4, to assist them in their investigation, any information available to him concerning certain bank accounts and other accounts at two undisclosed companies, which he disclosed to one of his close aides, Michael Achimugu, about how they were used as “special purpose vehicles” between 1999 and 2007. The defendant secretly transferred and embezzled public funds during his tenure as the Vice President of Nigeria.

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“The Honorable Court states that the 1st Defendant is legally bound to conduct a thorough investigation of the information available to the 2nd, 3rd and 4th Defendants regarding a certain bank account belonging to a company named Marine. Float and other accounts, which he revealed to one of his close aides, Michael Achimugu, were used as “special purpose vehicles” between 1999 and 2007 to secretly transfer and embezzle public funds Information when the 1st defendant was the Vice President of Nigeria.”

The ultimatum was issued by Nigeria (SAN) Senior Counsel Keyamo in a letter dated 16 January to the heads of EFCC, ICPC and CBC.

He had said that Atiku should be detained and prosecuted for alleged violations of the Code of Conduct for Public Officials, money laundering, criminal breach of trust and criminal embezzlement, and conspiracy.

A controversial video posted by former Atiku aide Michael Achimugu prompted Keyamo’s request.

Achimugu made multiple allegations against the PDP presidential candidate in a film released a few weeks ago.

He has asserted that, during Atiku’s tenure as vice president from 1999 to 2007, he conspired with former President Olusegun Obasanjo to use what he called a “special purpose vehicle” (SPV) to cheat the country.

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