An Abuja Federal High Court has fixed March 27, 2019, for adoption of written addresses in a no-case submission filed by Andrew Yakubu, who is standing trial for a six-count charge, bordering on money laundering and false declaration of assets.
The former Group Managing Director of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation, NNPC, 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 out the charges against him and acquit him of any wrongdoing.
EFCC spokesman, Tony Orilade said this in a statement in Abuja.
He added, “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 today’s proceeding, January 17, 2019, 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.
“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”.