By Martins Odeh
Justice Abubakar Mohammed of the Federal High Court Abuja on Tuesday admitted into proof two displays in opposition to former GMD of NNPC Andrew Yakubu.
One of the displays is a Certified-True-Copy of the interim order of forfeiture of 9.eight million within the prison trial of the previous GMD of the NNPC, Andrew Yakubu.
The court docket additionally admitted a certificates of supply dated March 17, 2017 issued to the EFCC as proof of proof that the cash was stored with the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN).
The interim order was granted by the Federal High Court, Kano.
The two paperwork had been tendered by Counsel to the EFCC, Mr Ben Ikani by means of Mr Ahmed Yahaya who stood as a prosecution witness through the trial.
Yahaya, a Deputy Detective Superintendent with the EFCC stated the fee had adopted the due course of within the discovery and secure preserve of the cash suspected to be proceeds of crime.
He stated the cash was intact, including that he had the conviction that the cash was secure with the Kano department of the CBN.
Mr Ahmed Raji (SAN), Counsel for the accused particular person whereas cross inspecting the witness raised objection on why the cash was stored with the CBN.
According to him, the order of forfeiture made by the court docket didn’t direct that the cash be domiciled with CBN.
He additionally requested the witness to inform the court docket how certain he was in regards to the secure situation of the cash with the CBN.
The questions had been nevertheless, greeted with vehement objections from the counsel for the EFCC who stated they had been baseless and mis-directed.
The decide, nevertheless, intervened by saying that the order of the court docket was express on whose possession the cash ought to be stored.
He stated the Federal High Court in Kano had in its resolution dated Feb.14, 2017 ordered that the cash ought to be stored by the Federal Government.
“We all know that the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) stays the custodian of federal authorities’s cash, devices and bonds’’, he stated.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) stories that Yakubu was arraigned by the EFCC on a six-count cost, bordering on non-disclosure of belongings and fraud, costs to which he pleaded not responsible.
Yakubu was alleged to have, as “Group Managing Director of NNPC, between 2012 and 2014, within the jurisdiction of the court, with intent to avoid lawful transaction, transported to Kaduna $9. 8million and £74,000.”
He was additionally accused of failure to reveal the sum of $9.eight million and £74,000 to the EFCC in his asset declaration kind, a criminal offense which contravened Section 27 (three) of the EFCC Act.
Mohammed adjourned the case till Feb 28 for continuation of trial.