ECONOMIC and Financial
Crimes Commission, EFCC,
will today arraign a former
Group Managing Director
of the Nigerian National
Petroleum Corporation, NNPC,
Mr Andrew Yakubu, before a
Federal High Court in Abuja.
The EFCC had on March 10
filed six charges bordering on
fraud and false declaration of
assets against him.
The charges are all in relation
to the money recovered from his
house in Kaduna on February 3.
Some operatives of the
EFCC had stormed a building
belonging to the former NNPC
boss and recovered the sum
of $9. 7 million and £74,000
stashed in a huge fireproof safe
in a slum in Kaduna.
The sums of foreign currencies
amounted to about N3 billion.
The ex-NNPC boss, who was
arrested by the EFCC in Kano
State on February 8, was said to
have been moved to a detention
facility of the anti-graft agency
in Abuja.
Yakubu will be arraigned
today before Justice Ahmed
Mohammed, who is also the
judge hearing his human rights
enforcement suit filed against
the EFCC.
According to an affidavit filed
on his behalf by his lawyer, Mr
Ahmed Raji, SAN, in support
of the fundamental rights suit,
Yakubu had admitted to be
the owner of the money, but
claimed that it was a gift he
accumulated over a period
of about five years and not
proceeds of crime.
In one of the charges filed
against the former NNPC boss,
the EFCC accused him of failing
to declare the money when he
filled his Declaration of Assets
form at the EFCC in 2015.
The anti-graft agency also
accused him of receiving huge
sums of money without going
through a financial institution.
Meanwhile, Justice
Mohammed, had on Tuesday,
cut short the hearing of
Yakubu’s N1 billion suit against
the EFCC and adjourned until
March 28 for further hearing.
Both the EFCC (the first
respondent) represented
by Mr Johnson Ojogbane,
and the Attorney-General
of the Federation (second
respondent), represented by
Mr Tijani Gazali, had urged the
court to dismiss the suit.
They maintained that
the Federal High Court in
Abuja lacked the territorial
jurisdiction to entertain the suit
since the alleged violation of
the plaintiff’s right took place

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