The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has asked the Federal High Court in Abuja to dismiss a suit by Minister of State for Labour and Employment, Festus Keyamo, seeking the probe and prosecution of former Vice President Atiku Abubakar.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the Independent Corrupt Practices and other related offences Commission (ICPC) made a similar call on the judge, James Omotosho.
In his lawsuit, the minister—who also served as a spokesman for the Tinubu-Shettima Presidential Campaign Council (PCC)—asked for an order compelling the EFCC, ICPC, and Code of Conduct Bureau (CCB) to investigate and prosecute Atiku in light of allegations made against him by one of his former aides, Michael Achimugu. The suit was filed on January 20.
Mr. Achimugu asserted that while Atiku served as vice president from 1999 and 2007, the two men planned to defraud the nation by utilising what he called "Special Purpose Vehicles."
In the midst of the recent presidential election campaigns, Mr. Keyamo, a member of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC), asked the anti-corruption authorities to look into Atiku, the presidential candidate of the opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).
During the hotly contested election, the former vice president was Bola Tinubu, the nominee for president from Mr. Keyamo's party,'s primary rival.
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