The Hon. Justice Ahmed Mohammed’s court in the matter of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) and the Ex-Group Managing Director of Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC), Mr. Andrew Yakubu.
The suit number of the matter was called by the Registrar of the court and all parties present with their counsels in court.
The Court Registrar read the 6 counts charges to the Ex-Group Managing Director of Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC), Mr. Andrew Yakubu, and he pleaded not guilty to the six count charges against him by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) on the March 10 on the premises of non-disclosure/false declaration of assets and fraud.
The charge was brought pursuant to the sum of $9.7m and £74,000 stashed in a huge fireproof safe recovered from Mr. Andrew Yakubu’s bungalow building in Kaduna sometimes in February, 2017.
Mr. Andrew Yakubu was subsequently invited by the EFCC investigative department for interrogation and upon discoveries, he was detained.
Mr. Andrew Yakubu instituted an action against the EFCC with a claim of N1 billion against the EFCC, claiming damages and compensation for violation of his fundamental human rights, a suit still pending in court.
Mr. Andrew Yakubu was alleged to have, as “Group Managing Director of NNPC, between 2012 and 2014, within the jurisdiction of this honourable court, with intent to avoid lawful transaction, transported to Kaduna State $9.7million and €74,000 respectively’’ He was also accused of failure to disclose the sum of $9.7 million and €74,000 to the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) in his asset declaration form, a offence contrary to Section 27 (3) of the EFCC Act.
Counsel to Mr. Andrew Yakubu, Mr. Ahmed Raji (SAN) move an application for bail for Mr. Andrew Yakubu to be release from custody of the EFCC, he urged the hon. Court to admit Mr. Andrew Yakubu to bail either on self-recognition or on liberal terms.
Mr. Ahmed Raji (SAN) also argued his motion papers before the court that the offences in which Mr. Andrew Yakubu was charged with were bailable, adding that he did not wait to be arrested, but surrendered himself to the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, investigation department when he was invited.
Mr. Ahmed Raji (SAN) also made a submission to the hon. court to order an interim release of Mr. Andrew Yakubu’s international passport to enable him travel abroad for three weeks to complete a medical procedure he was undergoing before he was invited and detained.
Mr. Ahmed Raji (SAN) further said that “Mr. Andrew Yakubu suspended the treatment to attend to the EFCC invitation and he needs to go back and complete it so that he can be healthy to stand trial. “He was about to commence a procedure related to prostate cancer in the United Kingdom and requires further urgent attention.
Mr. Ahmed Raji (SAN) finally submit that “I urge the hon. court to consider the fact that Mr. Andrew Yakubu has no prior criminal record and he was invited by the EFCC while abroad and he voluntarily surrendered himself.’’
The Court asked the prosecuting counsel if he is objecting to the application for release of Mr. Andrew Yakubu to travel for medical treatment abroad?
Mr. Ben Ikani Esq. the counsel for the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) prosecuting the matter prayed the honourable justice of the court to dismiss the application from Mr. Andrew Yakubu’s counsel on the grounds that some of the prayers were “putting the cart before the horse.’’
“We are talking of an application for bail and not a trip to anywhere. It is our submission that we are not yet where we will talk of the issue of traveling.
“We agree that his health is important, but the EFCC is a 21st century law enforcement agency and since he has been in our custody, we have been monitoring and taking care of his health.’’
Mr. Ben Ikani Esq maintained his position that the EFCC had the necessary medical facility in place to take cater for any person’s health in their custody, adding that there were modern medical facilities in place.
Mr. Ben Ikani Esq, held that in the event that the honourable court was disposed to admitting Mr. Andrew Yakubu to bail, very stringent conditions should be applied to compel him to attend his trial.
The Hon. Justice Ahmed Mohammed, adjourned the case till March 21 to rule on the bail application.
The Hon. Justice of the Court after listened to both counsel in the matter held and made an ordered that the Mr. Andrew Yakubu be remanded in custody pending when the ruling on his bail application would be delivered on March 21.
The Hon. Justice of the Federal High Court adjourned the matter till 21 March 2017 for ruling on bail application