Andrew Yakubu the Former Group Managing Director of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation was granted permission by Ahmed Mohammed, Justice of the federal high court in Abuja to travel to the UK for medical check-up.
Ruling on the application filed by Ahmed Raji, counsel to Yakubu, the judge said the request was granted because the prosecution did not challenge it.
“Since the prosecuting counsel is not opposing the defendant’s motion dated 23rd May, 2017 seeking leave to be granted to the defendant to travel to the United Kingdom to continue treatment, the application is granted,” he held.
Mohammed also ruled that the international passport of the defendant be released to his counsel in the interim, and that “the leave granted is for a period of three weeks commencing from May 25, 2017.”
The defendant shall return to the country on or before the expiration of the three weeks granted; one of the sureties of the defendant shall file a separate affidavit to be liable in this case should the defendant refuse to return and take his trial; the same affidavit shall be filed before the international passport is released to the defendant’s solicitor; upon his return from his medical trip, the learned counsel to the defendant shall immediately return the international passport to the chief registrar of the court,” he held.
He then adjourned the case till July 6 for continuation of trial.
On 11 September 2014, Andrew Yakubu was sacked as head of Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation by former president Goodluck Jonathan due to an argument he had with the then serving petroleum minister Mrs. Diezani Alison-Madueke over who to appoint as the Managing Director of Nigerian Petroleum Development Company Limited (NPDC).
On the third of February 2017, huge amounts of cash ( USD 9.7 Million and GBP 72,000 ) was found in a store belonging to him in the city of Kaduna, Nigeria by operatives of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) team. Andrew Yakubu reported to the commission’s Zonal office in Kano and made statement wherein he admitted ownership of the recovered money, claiming it was “gifts” from unnamed persons. He is currently complying to all invitations for further investigations into the discovered loot.