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Court Grants Leave to Yakubu for Medicals Abroad


Former Group General Manager of Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC), Andrew Yakubu has been granted leave to travel abroad for medicals.
Justice Ahmed Mohammed of the Federal High Court Abuja, gave the order on Wednesday.
Yakubu was arraigned on a six-count charge of money laundering and false asset declaration by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission.
At the resumed hearing on Wednesday, counsel to Yakubu, Ahmed Raji informed the court of the motion seeking permission to allow the defendant to travel abroad to attend to his failing health.
Raji also asked the court to permit the release of the defendant’s international passport so that if the application is granted, he would be able to travel for the proposed treatments. In a short ruling, Justice Mohammed said since the prosecution counsel, Prince Ben Ikani did not object to the application, he granted the defendant leave to travel abroad and ordered that his international passport be released to him.
Justice Mohammed said:”The defendant must come back to the country after three weeks to continue his trial
“The surety must depose to an affidavit to be liable if he refuses to come back for his trial”
The court adjourned till July 6 for continuation of trial.
On February 3, 2017, operatives of the EFCC stormed a building belonging to the former NNPC boss and recovered the sum of $9.7m and £74,000 stashed in a huge fireproof safe in a slum in Kaduna
The ex-NNPC boss, who was subsequently arrested by the EFCC, was said to have admitted being the owner of the money but claimed that it was a gift.
In one of the charges filed against him, the EFCC accused Yakubu 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 the ex-NNPC boss of receiving huge sums of money without going through a financial institution.
One of the charges read, “That you, Andrew Yakubu, on or before August 18, 2015, at the EFCC office at 5 Fomella Street, Wuse 2, Abuja, within the jurisdiction of this honourable court, knowingly failed to make full disclosure of your assets to wit: the sum of $9,772,800 only in the Declaration of Assets form you filled at the EFCC dated August 18, 2015 and you thereby committed an offence contrary to Section 27(3)(a) of the EFCC Act 2004 and punishable under Section 27(3)(c) of the same Act.”
Another charge read, “That sometime between 2012 and 2014 in Abuja, within the jurisdiction of this honourable court with intent to avoid a lawful transaction under law, you transported at various times to Kaduna, the aggregate sum of $9,772,800 only when you knew or reasonably ought to have known that the said funds formed part of the proceeds of some form of unlawful activities and thereby committed an offence contrary to Section 7(4)(b)(ii) of the Advance Fee Fraud and Other Related Offences Act, 2006 and punishable under Section 7(5) of the same Act.”

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