The United States Department of Justice has categorically said that there is no criminal case against the presidential candidate of the Peoples Democraic Party (PDP), Atiku Abubakar.
A spokesman for the Dept. Peter Carr made the clarification in an email sent to the Punch.
He said the US has no record that indicates that the former Vice President has no pending case in the US.
The email was a response to an inquiry sent by the newspaper to the Justice Dept.
Mr. Carr said, “Thank you for reaching out to us. I have checked the public court records, and they do not show cases filed against a defendant named Atiku Abubakar.”
The Email also asked the department to confirm whether it is true that Mr. Atiku was banned from entering the US, the American official said the issue was confidential.
He said, “Visa issues are confidential under section 222(f) of the Immigration and Nationality Act. If your question is specifically about entry – not about visas per se – I would refer you to the US Customs and Border Protection.”
Recall that last week, Kaduna State Governor, Mallam Nasir el-Rufai, had claimed, by implication, that Atiku was avoiding a visit to the US because he might be charged with a case of money laundering.
The governor had reacted to accusation of corruption against him by Atiku. The PDP presidential flagbearer had in an interview to “Zero Tolerance” accused Mr. El-Rufai of corruption by offering him Transcorp’s shares.
Zero Tolerance is a quarterly published by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC).