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Today at the Federal High Court of Nigeria, Abuja, the presiding Judge, Justice Ahmed Mohammed, rule on the application for leave to travel for medical filed by the lawyer representing the former-GMD of Nigeria National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC), Mr. Andrew Yakubu and the Hon. Court held and granted the leave of Andrew Yakubu, to travel to the United Kingdom for 3 weeks to enable him to continue his medical treatment and diagnosis.
The application for leave to travel was not opposed by the prosecuting counsel to the EFCC, Mr. Ben Ikani, but urged the Hon. Court to release the international passport of Mr. Andrew Yakubu to his counsel, Mr. Ahmed Raji (SAN).
The court ruling on the application for leave to travel, the trial judge, Justice Ahmed Mohammed, adopted the suggestion by EFCC’s lawyer, Mr. Ben Ikani and also ordered that the Mr. Andrew Yakubu’s surety must depose to an affidavit of liability if the ex-NNPC GMD failed to return to Nigeria to attend his trial and N300m bail bond with two sureties in like sum.
The Hon. Justice Ahmed Mohammed ordered Andrew Yakubu to surrender his international passport with the Deputy Chief Registrar of the Federal High Court, Abuja on his return to the country.
The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission is prosecuting Yakubu on six counts bordering on fraud and false declaration of assets filed against him by the EFCC on 10 March, 2017.
The subject of the suit was that, EFCC had recovered huge amount of money of $9.7m and £74,000 estimated to worth N3billion abandoned in a fireproof safe in a bungalow building belonging to the ex-GMD of NNPC, Mr. Andrew Yakubu in Sabo-Tasha, Kaduna State.
The prosecution had on May 9, 2017 called its first witness, Mr. Tasiu Abubakar, who narrated to the court how the money $9,772,800 and £74,000 were recovered from Andrew Yakubu’s bungalow building in Sabo-Tasha, Kaduna.
The Hon. Justice Ahmed Mohammed further held in the ruling that Mr. Andrew Yakubu three (3) weeks period would commence from 25 day of May 2017.
The Court further ordered that one sureties must file a separate affidavit agreeing to be held liable should Mr. Andrew Yakubu refuse, neglected/omitted to report to Court or back to Nigeria to face his trial instituted against him by the EFCC.
Case adjournment date:
Hon. Justice Ahmed Mohammed of the Federal High Court, Abuja adjourned till 6 July 2017 for Mr. Andrew Yakubu to report to Court for continuation of trial.