Court grants Atiku’s son-in-law 31 days for foreign medical trip

A Federal High Court in Lagos on Thursday gave the son-in-law of former Vice-President Atiku Abubakar, Abdullahi Babalele, 31 days to travel abroad for medical treatment.

The Judge presiding over the case, Justice Chukwujekwu Aneke directed the court registrar to release Babalele’s passport to enable him undertake the trip.

Justice Aneke held that the defendant’s October 8, 2019 application, which was opposed by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), was commendable.

But in his ruling on Friday, Justice Aneke ruled that the defendant had shown that “he has health issues with evidences before the court adding that only the living can stand trial.”

He ordered Babalele to return the passport on November 11, 2019, and adjourned the case till November 11th, 12th and 13th for commencement of trial.

The defendant is being prosecuted by the EFCC for allegedly laundering $140,000 in the build-up to the last general elections.

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