- EFCC has told a court that former group managing director of the NNPC, Andrew Yakubu, did not declare N3bn was not recovered from his guest house in Kaduna
- EFCC brought one of its lead detectives in Kano state Sambo Muazu, to testify before the court
- Muazu said anti-graft agency has a standard assets declaration form. A copy of that form was given to Yakubu
The sums of $9.7m and £74,000 amounting to N3bn that was found in the house of a former Group managing director of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation, Andrew Yakubu, in Kaduna in February 2017, were never declared as part of his assets, the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission alleged on Thursday, May 10.
Vanguard reports that the EFCC made this known through one of its detectives, Sambo Muazu, who was testifying as the fourth prosecution witness in Yakubu’s ongoing trial before Justice Ahmed Mohammed of the Federal High Court in Abuja.
Testifying at the resumed hearing of the case on Thursday, a detective with the EFCC, Muazu, told the court that he took a statement from the defendant, following which he (Yakubu) filled an assets declaration form at the EFCC office.
Muazu, led in evidence by the prosecuting lawyer, Ben Ikani, said Yakubu did not list the recovered money among the assets he declared in the assets declaration form.
He said the defendant failed to declare his assets when asked to do so while he was being investigated over some contracts awarded by the NNPC while he was the GMD.
The witness said: “After our interaction and his statement recorded, he declared his assets sometime between July and August 2015.
“The EFCC has a standard assets declaration form. A copy of that form was given to Engineer Andrew Yakubu. He filled the form, declaring his assets.
“He was asked to declare his assets based on the allegations that the company, Atlantic Energy Drilling Concept, was allowed to lift crude oil worth over $1bn without fulfilling the necessary obligations on their part.
“It was on this basis that an investigation was conducted and thereafter, some individuals were charged to court.”
The court admitted the asset declaration form filled by Yakubu as Exhibit I as the defence counsel, Ahmed Raji (SAN), did not object.
After the document was admitted, Ikani asked the witness whether there was anywhere in the form where the $9,772,800 and £74,000 were declared by the defendant.
Muazu, who took some time to scan through the document, later told the court that the two amounts were not reflected in any part of the form.
Under cross-examination by Raji, Muazu confirmed that part of the outcome of their investigation led to the ongoing prosecution of some officials of the NNPC before Justice Nnamdi Dimgba (also of the Federal High Court, Abuja).
The witness also admitted knowing that the defendant had testified as a prosecution witness in the trial before another judge of the Federal High Court.
The trial judge, Justice Ahmed Mohammed, has adjourned till July 3 for the continuation of trial.
Meanwhile, Legit.ng had reported that Andrew Yakubu claimed that the around N3 billion recently recovered from him was gift from well-wishers.
Yakubu said the money recovered from his Kaduna home by the EFCC was part of gifts he received during ceremonies.
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