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How We Recovered Hard Currencies in Fireproof Safe in Ex-GMD NNPC, Yakubu’s Apartment – Witness

Once again, he will go free

How We Recovered Hard Currencies in Fireproof Safe in Ex-GMD NNPC, Yakubu’s Apartment – Witness

The trial of a former Group Managing Director #GMD, Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation, #NNPC, #AndrewYakubu continued on January 16, 2018 before Justice A. R. Mohamed of the Federal High Court Abuja with the EFCC’s third witness telling the court how foreign currencies believed to be proceeds of crime were recovered in a fireproof safe in an apartment belonging to the former NNPC boss in Kaduna.

The witness, Ahmed Yahaya, an operative of the EFCC Kano Zonal Office gave details of how he came across the $9,772,500 and 74,000 pounds sterling in the said apartment.

Yahaya further told the court that the monies were duly packaged and registered in the court exhibit register. He added that, on February 13, 2017, he received a court order by the Legal Department and investigating team informing him of the interim forfeiture of the recovered amount.
He also told the court that after all relevant investigations, the whole monies were carried to CBN Kano Branch on March 17, 2017 for safe keeping and the monies were also counted by CBN experts and the bank issued certificate of delivery which was duly signed by both staff of EFCC and CBN.
The safe, which is already an exhibit; the interim order made by the Federal High Court, Kano; the exhibit registration form and the certificate of delivery were identified by the witness and admitted in evidence.

Yakubu, is facing trial on a six-count charge, bordering on #MoneyLaundering and #FalseDeclarationOfAssets.
It would be recalled that, on February 3, 2017, operatives of the EFCC had stormed a building belonging to the former NNPC boss and recovered a staggering sum of $9,772,000 (Nine Million, Seven Hundred and Seventy Two Thousand United States Dollars) and £74,000 (Seventy Four Thousand Pound Sterling) stashed in a huge fire proof safe.
Yakubu, who admitted to be the owner of the monies, claimed it was gifts given to him by friends and well wishers and also savings accumulated over a period of years.

The case has been adjourned to February 28 for further trial.

Once again, he will go free
Once again, he will go free

But why that far? Court cases in Nigeria are taking so long you wonder what exactly could be engaging these lawyers for so long. Do they just love the attention or they are simply being insensitive to people’s plight, or giving enough time for bribes?. We may never know right? We only converge on the day they asked us to right?

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