SAN FRANCISCO, January 17, (THEWILL) – Justice A.R. Mohammed of a Federal High Court, Abuja, has fixed March 27, 2019 for adoption of written addresses in a no-case submission filed by Andrew Yakubu, former Group Managing Director of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC).
Yakubu, who is standing trial for a six-count charge, bordering on money laundering offence and false declaration of assets, had filed a “no-case” submission on December 5, 2018 through Anone Usman, standing in for his counsel, Ahmed Raji, SAN, asking the court to strike the charges against him and acquit him of any wrongdoing.
Usman had argued that the evidence led by the prosecution’s seven witnesses did not establish a case against Yakubu, and so there was nothing for him to defend.
At the proceeding on Thursday, the prosecuting counsel, M.S. Abubakar, informed the court that it had filed its written address dated January 15, 2019 and filed on January 16, 2019 in respect of Yakubu’s application, which was dated November 6, 2018.
THEWILL recalls that the EFCC had, based on intelligence report, raided Yakubu’s house located at Chikun road, Sabin Tasha area of Kaduna South, on February 3, 2017, and recovered $9,772,800 and £74,000 stashed in a huge fire proof safe, which Yakubu said were gifts given to him by friends and well wishers.