Former Group Managing Director of Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC), Andrew Yakubu has filed a fundamental rights enforcement suit against the Federal Government over his continued detention following the recovery of $9.8 million and £74, 000 from his house in Kaduna.
In the suit brought before an Abuja Federal High Court by his counsel, Ahmed Raji (SAN), Yakubu is demanding the sum of N1 billion as general damages and compensation against the EFCC and the Attorney General of the Federation over alleged violation of his rights, and a public apology in two national daily newspapers.
According to the former NNPC boss, his detention since February 8 has denied him the opportunity to return to the UK to complete his medical treatment, and therefore violates his right to personal liberty, dignity of human person, freedom of movement, private and family life as provided in the sections 34 (1), 35 (1), (4) and (5) 37 and 41 (1) of the Constitution. He therefore wants the court to make an order for the enforcement of his fundamental rights by releasing him to return to the UK to attend to his medical needs, adding that no criminal charge has been preferred against him.
In an affidavit deposed to by his wife, Mrs Sarah Yakubu, he claimed that the funds recovered from him were “essentially gifts and goodwill by well-wishers and friends; particularly seasonal goodwill during celebrations and ceremonies which he hosted.”
But in a counter affidavit, the EFCC asked the court not to grant the application as that will not serve the interest of justice.
Justice Ahmed Mohammed has adjourned the suit to March 9 for hearing.
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