Money Found In My Kaduna Home Not From Shagaya, Others Says Yakubu, Ex-NNPC GMD
Former Group Managing Director (GMD), Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC), Mr. Andrew Yakubu, has denied that part of the recovered money in his Kaduna residence was given to him by a businesswoman, Hajiya Bola Shagaya.
Yakubu also refuted the allegations that some of the money was given to him by Mr Kola Aluko and Mr Jide Omokore, both who are into oil and gas business and allies of former Minister of Petroleum Reasources, Mrs. Diezani Allison-Madueke.
Yakubu denied the allegations during a cross- examination by counsel to the Economic and Financial Crime Commission (EFCC), G. Ofulue, before Justice Ahmed Mohammed of a Federal High Court, Abuja.
The anti-graft agency had, in 2017, raided the residence of the ex-NNPC boss in Kaduna and found $9, 772, 800 USD and £74, 000 BPS in a safe.
Yakubu was, however, arraigned on March 16, 2017 on six counts, but the trial court struck out counts five and six.
The Court of Appeal also ordered the former GMD to defend only count three and four which bordered on failure to make full disclosure of assets, receiving cash without going through financial institution.
Yakubu had, on July 8, 2020, told the court that a substantial part of the money found at his Kaduna residence by EFCC was given to him as gift after leaving office.
Yakubu, who was the first defence witness (DW1) in the money laundering case against him today, said though he knew Shagaya, who is said to be the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Voyage Oil and Gas Limited, he said he was unaware that her company was awarded an exploration license in 2012 when he was the NNPC GMD.
“Will I be correct to say that the company was awarded an exploration license in 2012 when you were GMD of NNPC?” the EFCC counsel, Ofulue, asked.
“I am not aware because NNPC does not issue oil licenses but DPR,” he responded.
“Will I be correct to say some of the money recovered from your house in Kaduna was given to you by Bola Shagaya?” the lawyer also asked, and Yakubu gave a negative response.
The counsel asked further if some of the money was given to him by Aluko and Omokore and the former NNPC boss said the allegation was incorrect.
Yakubu’s counsel, Anone Usman from Chambers of Ahmed Raji (SAN) said he had no re-examination and the ex-GMD was discharged from the witness box.
Meanwhile, the anti-graft agency informed the court that the commission had a pending motion dated June 18 and filed June 25, seeking for an order of the court for a recall of third prosecution witness, Ahmed Yahaya, and six prosecution witness, Suleiman Mohammed, for further examination-in-chief and possible further cross – examination in respect of the extant counts three and four of the charge.
The EFCC said it sought the order on the grounds that the witnesses were led in evidence by former prosecuting counsel and that the lawyer did not make maximum use of the witnesses being sought to be recalled in extracting relevant evidence from the said witnesses in proof of counts three and four.
The commission argued further that the witnesses being sought to be recalled were very material in proving counts three and four, among other grounds.
However, Usman, who acknowledged that a counter affidavit was filed on June 28 in opposition to the EFCC’s motion, urged the court to dismiss the application for being unmeritorious and highly vexatious.
After the parties in the suit adopted their processes, Justice Mohammed reserved the case for ruling on November 18.