The case is over a forfeiture order by a Federal High Court in Kano
$9.8 million and 74,000 pounds was discovered in Yakubu’s house recently
Former Group Managing Director of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC), Engineer Andrew Yakubu has dragged the EFCC to court over forfeiture order.
Engineer Yakubu is contesting the decision of Justice Zainab Bage Abubakar of the Federal High Court Kano last week, Daily Trust reports.
The judge had ruled on an ex pate application filed before it by the EFCC, and ordered that the monies recovered from Yakubu’s home be forfeited to the federal government.
Yakubu was dragged before Justice Zainab by the anti-graft commission after it recovered $9.8 million and 74,000 pounds from his residence in Kaduna state.
In retaliation, Yakubu has also dragged the commission to another Federal High Court sitting at Court road, Kano seeking redress on the forfeiture order.
Counsel to the former NNPC boss, Mr Ahmed Raji, who spoke through Barrister Abdulkarim Kabiru Maude said his client had applied for motion on notice seeking the court to vacate the forfeiture order earlier granted by Justice Zainab.
The EFCC’s spokesperson at the Kano Zonal office, Idris Nadabo, while confirming the development, said the case is coming up on Tuesday, March 7 at the Federal High court sitting at Court road, Kano.
Meanwhile, the Centre for Anti-corruption and Open Leadership has described Yakubu’s attempt to get back the money seized from his as an insult to Nigerians.
Te group said: “This attempt represents how profoundly immoral and shameless Yakubu is; like many others n position of authority in our public offices who to continue to perpetrate and perpetuate corruption.
“One would have expected him to bury his head in shame rather than resorting to finding ways of maneuvering the judicial processes over his case so he could ‘eat his cake and have it.’”