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Andrew Yakubu Moves to Get back the $9.7million &  £74,000 Seized from Him

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Andrew Yakubu, the former managing director of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC), whose “gift” of  $9.7million and  £74,000 was hidden in a nondescript house in Sabon Tasha in Kaduna city, has launched a move to have the seized money returned to him.

Vanguard reports that Yakubu has filed a petition before a Federal High Court  in Kano, urging it  to order the Federal Government to return the money valued at about N3bn to him. No date for the hearing was reported.

Yakubu had told the EFCC that the money was a gift.

The suit was filed on his behalf by his lawyer, Ahmed Raji, SAN.

Andrew asked the court to set aside the forfeiture order that granted FG ownership of the money which was discovered by operatives of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), on February 9.

Specifically, he wants the court to set aside the order and return the $9,772,800 and £74,000,000 which he said belongs to him.

The former NNPC boss insisted that the court lacked the jurisdiction to grant FG ownership of his money.

The order was given by Justice Zainab B. Abubakar of the  Federal High Court sitting in Kano.

According to him, the court  lacks the  jurisdiction to entertain the motion that culminated to the forfeiture order since it related to a crime that was allegedly committed in Abuja.

Raji  contended that going by section 45 of the Federal High Court Act, an offence should be tried only by a court exercising jurisdiction in the area or place where the offence was committed.

“No aspect of the perceived offence in respect of which the Order of February 13, 2017 was made, was committed within the Kano judicial division of this Honourable Court,” Raji argued.

He further maintained that FG lacked the locus-standi to seek the interim order of the court granted on February 13.

“By Section 28 of the EFCC Act, only the commission, i.e. the EFCC has the vires to seek an order for the interim forfeiture of property under the Act.

The power of this Honourable Court to make interim forfeiture order(s) pursuant to sections 28 & 29 of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission Act, 2004 (hereinafter referred to a ‘EFCC Act’) is applicable ONLY to alleged offences charged under the EFCC Act and not to offences cognizable under any other law.

The ex-parte order of this honourable court dated February 13, 2017, was made in respect of alleged offences under the Independent Corrupt Practices and other Related Offences Commission Act (herein after “ICPC Act”) and not the EFCC Act as prescribed by section 28 & 29 thereof.

The conditions precedent to the grant of an interim forfeiture order under sections 28 & 29 of the EFCC Act were not complied with by the Applicant (FG) before the Order was made,” he submitted.

Yakubu was Group Managing Director of the NNPC between 2012 and 2014.

He was sacked by former President Goodluck Jonathan for alleged insubordination and corruption.

Source: Vanguard

18 Comments

  1. Justice

    February 20, 2017 at 7:43 am

    We need to execute jungle justice on this foolish people!!!!!! What arrant nonsense!!!! See the foolish man. Enough is enough

  2. Pink

    February 20, 2017 at 7:49 am

    Say what now??? Is this man serious? If he is then he is completely shameless! Why is he even free till now. EFCC why hasn’t he been arrested?

  3. Emmanuel

    February 20, 2017 at 8:55 am

    Nigerian politicians seem to have it all, yet always chasing the little efcc takes from them like a baby.

  4. mtcheeewwhhh

    February 20, 2017 at 9:28 am

    meanwhile this man in this post https://www.bellanaija.com/2017/02/suspected-atm-robber-arrested-in-lagos/ was put in handcuffs for stealing atm cards meaning this yakubu whatever is his name is walking on the roads free he is not even under detention and to add salt on injury he has the guts to say he wants the money back and he and that his lawyer were not slapped nonsense. nigeria the country where the government does not work.

  5. Funke

    February 20, 2017 at 9:39 am

    I have finally lost faith in our society

  6. mimi

    February 20, 2017 at 10:16 am

    Why is this man still free…..thats why he has power to be talking….seriously….he should be arrested…I don’t understand this country….pls someone explain to me why is he free and not locked up somewhere

  7. sharon

    February 20, 2017 at 10:52 am

    Cos he’s stilll free that’s why he’s talking. If angry Nigerians had thrown tire over his head now, oh well.
    P.s I don’t support jungle justice

  8. Prince

    February 20, 2017 at 11:11 am

    Which kain country be this sef. This man is suppose to be dead by now. HAAAAAAA!!!!

  9. o

    February 20, 2017 at 11:37 am

    They won’t see this one now, na ppl wey post and retract them go see

  10. Pita

    February 20, 2017 at 12:32 pm

    Only in Nigeria….wat a shame

  11. Mahka

    February 20, 2017 at 1:05 pm

    When people call public funds ‘gifts’ it shows guts and utter shamelessness. This right here is the problem.
    I want to listen to the proceedings and hearings of this case; he must have lost his damn mind.
    Gift from who, how does a civil servant even acquire such money…N3b!!.
    God punish you Yakubu, because you have denied so many kids food on their table, hope for a better living.
    You, Diezian, Bala and the many rest will get whats coming for you.
    Chineke…

  12. mua

    February 20, 2017 at 1:52 pm

    Really cheap move by his lawyers who must have collected a large “gift” from him for their job. Filthy judicial system. mtcheew.

  13. nunulicious

    February 20, 2017 at 7:12 pm

    The power of the legal system. A message for so called anti-corruption agencies: DO IT RIGHT OR NOT AT ALL. enough of all these social media trials…

  14. tunmi

    February 20, 2017 at 8:19 pm

    I really do hope he doesn’t get his money off a technicality.

  15. Tosin

    February 20, 2017 at 11:19 pm

    Lol, he will NEVER see that money again. We will use it to buy suya and eat it in front of him. Loool.

  16. Dami

    February 21, 2017 at 12:13 pm

    So a convicted thief, criminal freely walks and also demanding certain things yet it’s a post that Audu for arrested for.
    Nigeria, you have disgraced yourself again.

  17. adebayo falomo

    February 23, 2017 at 6:25 pm

    Andrew Yakubu should be thoroughly investigated, there is likelihood that kind of jaw-dropping amount will be in his farmland or another slum area in kaduna state.

  18. D. K. Fk

    February 24, 2017 at 11:07 am

    With all what is going on regards to most Nigerians behavioral which is beyond imagination, i am now proving Prof. Okwonjo Uweala the former minister of finance that she is right i said again for her says “Any Nigerian appointed or to be appointed for a sensitive political post in the Nigeria Government should undergo Psychiatric Tests to prove him/her mentally fit”. Some Nigerians are not shame, how can such money one can come out boldly to tell Nigerians that is a gift given to him instead of apologize. Pls. upper and lower houses save us, our country, future of our children and the entire Nigeria’s integrity and dignity at the eyes of the world. Unfortunately, such misdid is supported by about 200 unheartedly learned Nigerians so they call themselves

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