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Court grants ex-NNPC boss, Yakubu’s request for medical trip to UK

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Ade Adesomoju, Abuja

A Federal High Court in Abuja on Wednesday granted leave to a former Group Managing Director of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation, Andrew Yakubu, to travel to the United Kingdom for three weeks to enable him to continue his medical treatment.

Yakubu’s application was not opposed by the prosecuting counsel, Mr. Ben Ikani, but urged the court to release the passport to the defendant’s lawyer, Mr. Ahmed Raji (SAN).

In his ruling on the application, the trial judge, Justice Ahmed Mohammed, adopted the suggestion by Ikani and also ordered that the defendant’s surety must depose to an affidavit of liability if the ex-NNPC GMD failed to return to Nigeria to attend his trial.

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission is prosecuting Yakubu on six counts  bordering on fraud and false declaration of assets filed against him on March 10, 2017.

Operatives of the EFCC had  recovered the sum of $9.7m and £74,000 stashed in a huge fireproof safe in a house belonging to Yakubu in a slum in Kaduna.

The sums of foreign currencies, which were the subject of the charges instituted against Yakubu amounted to about N3bn.

The prosecution had on May 9, 2017 called its first witness, Mr. Tasiu Abubakar, who narrated to the court how the the sums of  $9,772,800 and £74,000 were recovered from Yakubu’s house in Kanduna.

Abubakar, a Deputy Superintendent of Police, on secondment to the EFCC, said he was part of a team of investigators that recovered a safe containing the money in a house in Sabo-Tasha, Kaduna allegedly owned by Yakubu.

The witness was to be cross-examined by the defence on Wednesday.

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