Counsel to the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), Johnson Ojobana, has asked a Federal High Court, Abuja, to discountenance a fundamental human rights suit instituted against the Commission by former Group Managing Director of Nigeria National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC), Andrew Yakubu.
The anti-graft agency said the court lacked “territorial jurisdiction” to entertain the case.
When the matter came up Thursday before Justice Ahmed Mohammed, Ojobana argued that the court should refused the case on the ground that the “alleged breached of human rights took place in Kano”
According to Ojobana,”The applicant said the action took place in Kano State, outside the jurisdiction of this court. And the proper place to institute fundamental rights action is the place where the alleged breached was said to have taken place, which is Kano.”
Earlier, Ahmed Raji, counsel to the applicant, Yakubu, said his client has been detained since February 8 and until today he has not been released.
He asked the court to take into cognisance that Yakubu was abroad receiving treatment when he was invited home by the EFCC for questioning and has been detained ever since.
Raji said, “It is my submission that investigation does not warrant detention. I urge the court to discountenance exhibits and strike out the preliminary objection raised by the EFCC”
The court adjourned the matter to March 14.
The EFCC arrested Yakubu February 8, following the recovery of $9.8m and £74,000 cash from him.
Yakubu is being detained in an EFCC facility in Kano, The recovered cash was said to have been hidden by the suspect in a fire-proof safe at his house in the slums of Sabon Tasha area of Kaduna metropolis.
Yakubu was subsequently arrested and taken to Kano for interrogation. He admitted the ownership of the money which he said was a gift from friends and well wishers