BREAKING: Court grants ex-NNPC chief Andrew Yakubu bail

A Federal High Court in Abuja on Tuesday granted bail to Andrew Yakubu, a former head of Nigeria’s state oil firm, NNPC.

Mr. Yakubu was arrested by the anti-graft EFCC after about $9.8 million cash was found in his house in Kaduna.

The court granted Mr. Yakubu a N300 million bail while he was also asked to produce two suretees.

Details later…

Andrew Yakubu Remanded At Kuje Prisons, Pleads Not Guilty To Six Count Charge.

A former Group Managing Director of the Nigeria National Petroleum Corporation NNPC, Mr. Andrew Yakubu, was on Wednesday arraigned on a six count criminal charge, boarding on Money laundering and corruption.

Yakubu, who served as the NNPC Chief Executive in the last dispensation, was accused of money laundering, receiving money without going through a financial institution and declaring same.

He however, denied all the charges brought against him by the Federal Government.

Mr. Yakubu is accused of failure to declare  9.7million Dollars in his asset declaration form which he filed at the EFCC on August 18.

The EFCC also alleged that the defendants transported the foreign currencies to Kaduna state with the intent to avoid a lawful transaction.?

He is also accused of receiving payment of 74,000 Pounds without going through a financial institution as required by law during his tenure as GMD of NNPC

Shortly after, counsel to the defendant, Mr. Ahmed Raji applied to the court to grant his client bail on self recognizance or in the most liberal terms.?

He also asked the court to order that his client’s International Passport be released temporarily to enable him complete a three weeks medical trip abroad.

Mr. Raji informed the court that Mr. Yakubu was in the UK on medical trip which he suspended upon the invitation of the EFCC.

He further argued that the defendant has no criminal records and has been cooperating with the EFCC since the commencement of investigation and as such the claim by the prosecution that he would not be available.

Opposing the bail however, the prosecutor Mr. Ben Ikani, urged the court to either refuse bail or in the alternative, impose a stringent condition that would enable the defendant attend trial because the charge attracts imprisonment of 10 years or with fine.

Having listening to both parties, the trial judge, Justice Ahmed Mohammed ? adjourned to March 21, 2017 for ruling.

He also ordered that he be remanded in Kuje prison, pending the determination of the bail application.

 

Source: Channels TV

Court sends ex-NNPC boss, Andrew Yakubu to Kuje Prison

The Federal High Court sitting in Abuja has ordered that Ex-NNPC boss, Andrew Yakubu, be remanded in Kuje prison pending the determination of his bail application on March 21.

Yakubu was, on Thursday, arraigned on a six-count charge of fraud before Justice Ahmed Mohammed by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) after he admitted owning over $9.8 million cash found in a house that also belongs to him in Kaduna State.

He pleaded not guilty to the charge filed by the EFCC.

The defendant had through his lawyer, Mr. Ahmed Raji, SAN, begged the court to rather remand him in EFCC custody pending the ruling, a result that was turned down by Justice Mohammed.

It will be recalled that following a tip-off from a whistle-blower, the EFCC, raided Yakubu’s guest house situated at Sabon Tasha, Kaduna State, where it recovered the alleged loot which was in foreign currencies.

The anti-agency said it discovered the sum of $9.7million and £74,000 that Yakubu hid in a fireproof safe inside the house. The defendant earlier asked the high court to order the commission to return the seized money to him, insisting it was part of monetary gifts he received on various occasions.

‘I will prove my innocence’ – Former NNPC GMD, Andrew Yakubu

Nigeria National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) ex-Group Managing Director Andrew Yakubu has said he will prove his innocence over allegation of false declaration of assets, even though the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has not charged him with any offence.

Yakubu accused the EFCC of denying him access to medical attention, which he said he desperately needed.

The former NNPC boss is being detained by the EFCC, following an alleged recovery of $9,772,800 and £74,000 cash from him, which he claimed was a gift.

A Federal High Court has directed that Yakubu, who has been transferred from EFCC’s facility in Kano to Abuja, forfeit the money to the government.
In a statement issued in Abuja, counsel to Yakubu, Ahmed Raji (SAN), said “within this time also, our client has been denied access to adequate medical attention which he desperately needs”.

Raji said even though his client voluntarily presented himself to the anti-graft agency, he has not been charged with any crime either by the EFCC or any agency of government.

The lawyer said the statement became necessary in view of media report alleging that his client is facing charges for under-declaration of assets and illegal transactions.

He said: “Within this time, no formal charges has been brought against our client by the EFCC or any other government establishment for any offence whatsoever as widely spread in media reports.

“Our client has been detained by the EFCC for more than a month since he voluntarily presented himself to them at their invitation and has fully cooperated with investigations.”

He stressed that his client was determined to prove his innocence and willingness to clear his name in due course.

EFCC slams 6-count charge against former NNPC boss, Yakubu

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) on Friday slammed a six-count charge on a former Group Managing Director of the NNPC, Mr Andrew Yakubu.

The charge was contained in court papers filed on March 9 at the Federal High Court Abuja.

According to the charge sheet, made available to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN), Yakubu was accused of failing to make full disclosure in his Assests Declaration form of the sums of 9,772 800 dollars and 74,000 pounds contrary to Srction 27 (3)(a) of the EFCC act 2004.

He was also accused of receiving a cash payment of the said sums without going through a financial institution thereby committing an offence under the Money Laundering Prohibition Act 2011.

The former NNPC boss was further charged with receiving the same amount when he fully knew that the said fund formed part of proceed of unlawful activity.

This, according to the charge sheet, run counter to Section 7 (4) of the Advance Fee Fraud and Other Related Offences Act 2006.

The EFCC had in February found about $9.8m and 74,000 pounds kept in a run down bungalow in Sabon Tasha a suburb of Kaduna, which it said was concealed by Yakubu.

A court in Kano later ordered the forfeiture of the money to the federal government following a motion filed by the anti-graft agency.

However, the former NNPC boss has filed a case in another court in Kano seeking the vacation of the earlier court’s order.

He claimed that the money was proceeds of various gifts given to him while he was working with the NNPC

 

Source: The Guardian

Andrew Yakubu, ex-NNPC GMD, demands N1bn and apology from EFCC.

Andrew Yakubu, former GMD) of the Nigeria National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC), has asked a federal high court in Abuja to order the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) to pay him N1bn as a compensation for the violation of his rights.

In a fundamental rights enforcement suit filed through his counsel, Adeola Adedipe, Yakubu is praying the court to shield him from further investigation by the EFCC.

He is also demanding that the EFCC and attorney-general of the federation (AGF) tender a public apology to him in two widely published national dailies for the violation of his rights.

Ahmed Mohammed, the judge, has fixed Thursday for the hearing of the suit filed by Yakubu against the EFCC and the AGF.

On February 3, operatives of the anti-graft agency raided a building of the former NNPC chief, and recovered the sum of $9.8m and £74,000 stashed in a fire-proof safe.

On February 8, Yakubu reported to the EFCC Kano zonal office where he allegedly admitted being the owner of both the house and the recovered money.

 

Source: The Cable

BREAKING: Ex-NNPC boss, Andrew Yakubu drags EFCC to court.

Former Group Managing Director of the National Nigerian Petroleum Corporation (NNPC), Mr. Andrew Yakubu has dragged the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) over forfeiture order.
It would be recalled that earlier last week, Justice Zainab Bage Abubakar of the federal high court Kano, while ruling on an ex pate application filed before it by the EFCC’s counsel, ordered that the $9.8 million and 74,000 pounds recovered from Mr. Yakubu be forfeited to the federal government.
Mr. Yakubu was dragged before Justice Zainab by the commission after it recovered $9.8 million and 74,000 pounds from his residence in Kaduna state.
However, Mr. 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 the 7th March, 2017 at the Federal High court sitting at Court road, Kano.
Source: Daily Trust

Andrew Yakubu Drags EFCC To Court Over Forfeiture Of ‘His’ $9.7 Million

Mr. Andrew Yakubu, the former managing director of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation, whose ‘gift’ of  $9.7million and  £74,000 was hidden in a nondescript house in Sabon Tasha in Kaduna city, has launched a move to have the  seized money returned to him.

The Vanguard reported that Yakubu has filed a petition before a Federal High Court in Kano, urging it  to order the Federal Government to return the money valued at N3billion to him. No date for the hearing was reported.

According to some earlier reports, he told the EFCC that the money was a gift.

The suit was filed on his behalf by Mr. Ahmed Raji, SAN.

Andrew asked the court to set aside the forfeiture order that granted FG ownership of the money which was discovered by operatives of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, on February 9.

Specifically, he wants the court to set aside the order and return the $9,772,800 and £74,000,000 which he said belongs to him.

The former NNPC boss insisted that the court lacked the jurisdiction to grant FG ownership of his money.

According to him, the court  lacks the  jurisdiction to entertain the motion that culminated to the forfeiture order since it related to a crime that was alleged committed in Abuja.

Raji contended that going by section 45 of the Federal High Court Act, an offence should be tried only by a court exercising jurisdiction in the area or place where the offence was committed.

“No aspect of the perceived offence in respect of which the Order of February 13, 2017 was made, was committed within the Kano judicial division of this Honourable Court”, Raji argued.

He further maintained that FG lacked the locus-standi to seek the interim order of the court granted on February 13.

“By Section 28 of the EFCC Act, only the commission, i.e. the EFCC has the vires to seek an order for the interim forfeiture of property under the Act.

“The power of this Honourable Court to make interim forfeiture order(s) pursuant to sections 28 & 29 of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission Act, 2004 (herein after referred to a “EFCC Act”) is applicable ONLY to alleged offences charged under the EFCC Act and not to offences cognizable under any other law.

“The ex-parte order of this honourable court dated February 13, 2017, was made in respect of alleged offences under the Independent Corrupt Practices and other Related Offences Commission Act (herein after “ICPC Act”) and not the EFCC Act as prescribed by section 28 & 29 thereof.

“The conditions precedent to the grant of an interim forfeiture order under sections 28 & 29 of the EFCC Act were not complied with by the Applicant (FG) before the Order was made”, he submitted.

Yakubu was Group Managing Director of the NNPC between 2012 and 2014.

He was sacked by the administration of former President Goodluck Jonathan for alleged insubordination and corruption.

 

Source: Sahara Reporters

SR: Inside The Poor Community Where Ex-NNPC GMD Andrew Yakubu Hid Over N3Bn

Godwin Isenyo paid a visit to the poor community in Kaduna State where operatives of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission found over N3bn in a house allegedly belonging to a former General Manager of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation.

When 30-year-old Ibrahim Alfa first heard that over N3bn was discovered by operatives of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission in a house somewhere in Kaduna State, he rolled his eyes in disbelief. When he was later told the said sum was found in a house located inside his poor community in Sabo Tasha, Alfa, who holds a Higher National Diploma in Electric Engineering, screamed expletives.

Our correspondent found Alfa on Chikun Street, by the popular Y Junction along the Sabo Expressway, in Sabo Tasha, Chikun Local Government Area of the state. There, Alfa sat outside his one-bedroomed apartment he shared with his friends, talking about his future, which was far from being as bright as the afternoon sun.

“I am short of words. How can one believe that such amount of money was found here, in a place where there is no regular electricity supply, water supply? To think that a man of such immense  wealth has something to do with this community without contributing anything is, to say the least, disheartening,” Alfa said.

Chikun Street has since become popular following the discovery by operatives of the EFCC, on February 9.

Following a tip-off by an informant, operatives of the agency stormed a house in Sabon Tasha, allegedly belonging to the former Group Managing Director of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation, Dr. Andrew Yakubu. The anti-graft agency said it found the sum of $9.7m (N2.96bn) and £74,000 (N28.19m), a total of over N3bn hidden in a fireproof safe inside the house.

Yakubu was NNPC GMD between 2012 and 2014 before he was relieved by the administration of former President Goodluck Jonathan for alleged corruption and insubordination. He had worked with the NNPC for over 30 years.

Chikun LGA has an estimated population of over 360,000, with Sabo Tasha and Angwan Sunday having about half of the estimated population.

Alfa said, “As you can see, I am going to the next compound to fetch water from a borehole. This is as a result   of the government’s inability to provide for us. Yet we have somebody who hid money in foreign currencies in our area. This country is sick. Look at the poor drainage system, bad road network and lack of hospital facilities. Many of the residents are not happy with the man (Yakubu) for what he did. People in this community are angry. They wished the money was shared among them. He could not even touch anybody’s life in this community.”

An unexpected find in squalor

Last Friday, a statement from the EFCC spokesman, Wilson Uwujaren, noted that “the surprise raid of the facility followed intelligence which the commission received about suspected proceeds of crime believed to be hidden in the slums of Sabo Tasha area of Kaduna.”

Uwujaren said the caretaker of the house, one Bitrus Yakubu, a younger brother to Andrew Yakubu, disclosed that both the house and the safe where the money was found belonged to his brother, Yakubu.

The EFCC spokesman further said on February 8, Yakubu had reported to the commission’s zonal office in Kano and made a statement wherein he allegedly admitted ownership of the recovered money, claiming it was a gift from unnamed persons.

The discovery by the EFCC has sparked outrage among Nigerians, especially Yakubu’s poor neigbours.

A resident of the area, 30-year-old Celestine Musa, said members of the community were woken up by the unusual presence of operatives of stern-looking EFCC operatives.

Musa said he was shocked that such huge sums could reside in such a poor community where many like him where struggling to eke out a living.

The house where the money was recovered was a stark difference to the amount it carried for months. But for the EFCC revelation, nothing pointed to the fact that N3bn was stashed somewhere in the unimpressive house with drab painting.

Directly opposite the building were shops, where a grinding machine for tomatoes, pepper and other stuff was displayed. To the extreme right was a firewood seller, displaying a hip of firewood.

Our correspondent gathered that the compound, where the money was recovered, had two two-bedroomed flats, self-contained apartments and a room-and-parlour. Two window-sized air conditioners were said to be in the room where the currencies, reportedly stored in an anti-fire safe, were discovered.

When SUNDAY PUNCH visited the house where the money was uncovered, it was learnt the older sister of the former GMD, a retired nurse fondly called “Mama,” resided there with other tenants.

The house is said to be one of the many properties owned by Yakubu. Interestingly, the unimpressive building in question is a kilometre  away from the 29, Bourbillion residence of the  ex-GMD by  Narayi High Cost Junction, an upscale neighbourhood in the state.

However, unlike the largely attractive houses in Narayi, Sabo Tasha has all the trappings of squalor and poverty. The area does not boast of a government primary or secondary school. The less-than-a-kilometre road is untarred and driving during rainy season, according to residents, is hellish.

“It is unfortunate that such an amount was recovered on my street where there is no good road. In fact, I am shocked and angry about the whole situation,” Musa added.

For Mr. Paul Okoye, a 70-year-old welder, said the discovery felt like a scene from a bad movie.

The septuagenarian noted that it was outrageous to trace such an amount of money in “hard currency” to a community lacking in life’s simple comforts.

He said, “Take a look at the deplorable condition of the road in the area. It is only a wicked person that can hide over N3bn in the midst of squalor. Personally, I have decided to refrain from commenting on this matter because it could give me a heart attack. We are hungry and dying of poverty, yet somebody kept such a huge amount of money and can still sleep well with his two eyes closed. It is the height of wickedness. It is unfair.”

A 50-year-old carpenter, who is also a motorbike rider, Mr. Godwin Odoh, echoed the same views.

Odoh has five children. He said he prayed to God to assist him and his family, since the likes of the ex-GMD could not assist the poor in their midst. “I have been living in this area for decades, and I never imagined that that amount of money could be kept in the area, not to mention the type of house where it was found,” he said.

Similarly, a 33-year-old seamstress, Comfort Ojei, whose shop is opposite Yakubu’s house, said she was shocked at the EFCC’s findings.

“It is obvious that we lack the basic amenities of life in this area, such as good roads, functional health care facilities, as well as schools, yet our neighbour was hiding dollars while we were suffering and dying of hunger. We are not happy at all,” the mother of two said.

Another neighbour, Samuel Koro, told SUNDAY PUNCH that he had once approached the Zango-Kataf-born Yakubu for assistance when he was still NNPC GMD. But Yakubu told him that he had no money.

“I had gone to meet him (Yakubu) for N20,000 for payment of my rent, but he said there was no money. Operatives of the Department of State Security guarding him then simply shoved me aside. So, when I heard of the EFCC discovery, that sad encounter flashed through my mind. He was not friendly with us at all,” Koro said.

However, like the saying goes, different strokes for different folks.

Mrs. Habibat Ifijeh, a trader, whose provision store is attached to the building where the money was uncovered, described the former GMD as a kind man who had touched many lives.

“All I can say is that the man is a gentleman. He assisted (my family) with our rent. We are tenants in his house and whenever we couldn’t afford the rent or didn’t have money to pay, he would simply tell us to ‘just forget it.’ I feel bad but I don’t know why he decided to keep the money here. Let the court judge him,” she said.

What we want FG to do with recovered money — Residents

Mr. John Ibekwe, whose one-roomed apartment is not far from the house where the money was recovered, said a fraction of the money would help his family and that of three generations after him.

Ibekwe said, “I am struggling to fend for my family. I cannot afford to pay the school fees of four of my children. I am approaching 48 and the future is still bleak for me and my family. Why should only one man have N3bn in his house when many in the country are suffering? In the past, they said ‘no food for lazy man’; now we work and their is still no food because of bad leaders. My heart bled when I heard of the discovery. We are all here and right under our nose was hidden dollars and nobody knew. Our leaders are wicked.”

Youths in the community are angry at Yakubu, noted Musa. “It is shameful. Only God knows what would happen to him if they should get hold of him. I pray he doesn’t come to this area because he will be lynched,” he said.

Ibekwe urged the Federal Government to use the money recovered for the benefit of the common man in the community and across the state.

“The Federal Government should ensure the recovered money is properly accounted for. Government should identify capital projects to utilise the money for. If the money recovered from looters are judiciously utilised, many Nigerians would be willing to join forces with the government in the fight against corruption in the land,” he said.

Ojei said the former GMD did not help his neighbours. “We want the recovered money shared. We want government to reconstruct our roads, build schools for our children and provide electricity and water for the community with the recovered money. During the rainy season, this road is not motorable,” he said.

Another resident, who refused to give his name, said, “Apart from the bad road which you see and at the same time feel, we don’t have good schools and other social amenities in this area. We can use such money to fix our roads, schools and health facilities. He should simply forfeit the money to the government. Let the government use this to show us that the law is working. We don’t want a situation whereby a court will give him a meagre amount like N100m as fine and ask him to go and sin no more.”

What N3bn can do for Kaduna State, Nigerians

The sum of N3bn recovered from Yakubu would have provided about two percent of the Kaduna State government’s 2017 budget put at about N214bn (made up of N83.46bn in recurrent spending and N131.45bn in capital expenditure), which would have gone a long way to provide several social infrastructure in the community and the state.

Last year, the governor of the state, Nasir el-Rufai, lamented that over 4,000 primary schools in the state were in various stages of disrepair.

Also, the state government is struggling with the school feeding programme; the amount would have fed the estimated 1.9 million primary school pupils in about 4,300 primary schools in the state for one month.

It would also have provided thousands of jobs as the state’s feeding programme is expected to directly create 17,000 jobs for catering vendors and others who would work for them.

The Executive Director, Centre for Creativity and Leadership Development, Kaduna, Abdullahi Ali-Dogo, said the amount could have done more for the state and development of its infrastructure.

“Some of the things the money can provide for this community include a good road network, well-equipped hospital and a borehole for every household. This will go a long way in reshaping the community. I believe the major problems of that community are bad roads and lack of educational facilities. A fraction of that amount can get all the streets there tarred; provide well-equipped health care centres, potable water, as well as primary and secondary schools where children of the poor would be adequately catered for and the children would not have to pay school fees for three years.”

An economist and a former employee of African Development Bank, Yakubu Aliyu, said the recovered N3bn would have provided the country valuable foreign exchange that could also support its external reserves.

“In a way, the continued depreciation of the naira could be linked to such kind of leakages, people holding on to foreign currencies like the dollar without putting it to use. When you convert the money at the parallel market rate, it is closer to N5bn (than N3bn). Many states in Nigeria do not take much in a month from the federation account. So, in effect, a state government could have used that amount to pay salaries, contractors and fund security in a whole month,” Aliyu said.

The economist further said the amount would have also funded capital projects in the country.

He said, “The entire start-up capital of Emirates Airlines, which is now among the top five airlines in the world and employs a staff of over 50,000, was about $10m in 1985. Imagine what that amount could do for many Nigerians two to three decades down the line if it is used to start a profitable venture.

“Also, take the Central Bank of Nigeria/Bank of Agriculture anchor lending to farmers that has now sparked off a real agricultural revolution across the country. The loan per farmer is N250,000. With such an amount stashed away by the former NNPC boss, the scheme could reach about 20,000 farmers. Imagine the huge multiplier effect on food production, stimulation of rural economy and farmers’ incomes. The effect on poverty reduction will be monumental.

On February 14, the Federal High Court sitting in Kano ordered for the temporary forfeiture of $9.8m and the £74,000 recovered from Yakubu to the Federal Government, as had been requested by the anti-graft agency.

Ali-Dogo urged the Federal Government to follow China’s example in punishing looters of public money. “Let’s go the China way, anybody that steals government money or is proven by law to be corrupt should face the death penalty,” he said.

 

Source: Sahara Reporters

“It is my money”, Ex-NNPC GMD asks court to return $9.7m, £74,000 seized from him

Andrew Yakubu, a former managing director of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC), has asked the court to return the $9.7 million and £74,000? seized from him by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC).

Yakubu has instituted a suit at the federal high court, Kano, to this effect.

He has requested that the court set aside the order of forfeiture granted to the federal government last week.

He said the court which granted the order had no such jurisdiction.

Ahmed Raji (SAN), filed the suit on behalf of Yakubu, Vanguard reports.

Raji argued that the crime was committed in Abuja, which is outside the territorial jurisdiction of the court in Kano.

“No aspect of the perceived offence in respect of which the Order of 13th February, 2017 was made, was committed within the Kano judicial division of this Honourable Court.

“By Section 28 of the EFCC Act, only the commission, i.e. the EFCC has the vires to seek an Order for the interim forfeiture of property under the Act.

“The power of this Honourable Court to make interim forfeiture Order(s) pursuant to Sections 28 & 29 of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission Act, 2004 (hereinafter “EFCC Act”) is applicable ONLY to alleged offences charged under the EFCC Act and not to offences cognizable under any other law.

“The ex-parte Order of this Honourable Court dated 13th February, 2017, was made in respect of alleged offences under the Independent Corrupt Practices and other Related Offences Commission Act (hereinafter “ICPC Act”) and not the EFCC Act as prescribed by Section 28 and 29 thereof.

“The conditions precedent to the grant of an interim forfeiture Order under Sections 28 & 29 of the EFCC Act were not complied with by the Applicant before the Order was made.

“In the instant case, no charge was brought against the Respondent/Applicant before the provisions of Section 28 and 29 of the EFCC Act were activated to grant the ex-parte Order of 13th February, 2017.”

According to the EFCC, Yakubu claims that the sums of money found in his house were gifts.

“No law forbids anyone from keeping money at home”, Group defends ex-NNPC GMD.

The Southern Kaduna Coalition of Professionals (SKCOP) has faulted the detention of Andrew Yakubu, a former group managing director (GMD) of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC).

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) detained Yakubu after allegedly recovering huge sums of money at his house in the Sabo Tasha area of Kaduna state.

Yakubu admitted ownership of the money, but claimed that they were gifts from unnamed persons.

In a statement on Thursday, Sagamu Jaspar, general secretary of SKCOP, wondered if there was a law which forbade anyone from keeping his earnings at home.

He alleged that some persons were plotting to pull down “our illustrious son and sacrifice him to the dogs” as a means of weakening the strong among us ahead 2019 general election.

“We are waiting to see if a court of law can establish that the said amount found in his home is a proceed of crime, or whether there is indeed a law that forbids anyone from keeping his earnings at home,” Jaspar said.

“We suspect that the deliberate negative publicity the EFCC is generating over his arrest and its failure to release him from their detention  after meeting his bail conditions, is more vindictive and political than fighting corruption.

“We condemn the desperate attempts to rubbish Andy Yakubu, (the Iyan of Atyap Chiefdom) by those who think that a man from southern Kaduna has no business becoming the GMD of NNPC started right when he was in office.”

The group said some people were out to tarnish the reputation of the “only man from the middle belt” to have led the oil firm.

It added that in 2014 when Sanusi Lamido, former governor of Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) raised the allegation of missing $20 billion, the agency which audited the corporation which was led by Yakubu at the time, gave NNPC a clean bill of health.

“In 2014, the then CBN governor Sanusi Lamido Sanusi, raised a bogus alarm that under the watch of Andy Yakubu, $48.9 billion had gone missing at the NNPC. When pressed further, he said it was actually $20 billion. The senate took the matter very serious and instituted its own probe into the clearly silly allegation,” the group said.

“An audit firm of global repute, PriceWaterHouseCoopers was brought in by the federal government. After a forensic investigation, the firm said no such monies were ever missing.

“Still bent on disgracing the only person from the middle belt to ever occupy that position after rising from the ranks, Andy Yakubu was in UK  in June last year, when the EFCC invited him.  With his conscience clean and clear he arrived Nigeria just for the EFCC to clamp him in detention over an alleged criminality in an NNPC subsidiary, NPDC after Yakubu has left office.

Demanding his immediate release, Jaspar challenged the EFCC to parade all those whom the agency recovered money from.

He said failure to do so would confirm the allegation that the commission is “persecuting” the suspect.

“Keeping him in detention for almost two weeks despite the above  is a means of psychologically tormenting him and for the public to prolong their odium on his person, without giving him a chance to state his own side of the story,” he said.

“If Andy Yakubu is not being persecuted because he comes from Southern Kaduna and the Middle Belt, we challenge the EFCC to also parade all the people it claims to have recovered humongous sums of money from. Failure to so would mean the agency is lying, or has two sets of law for two kinds of Nigerians.”

Recovered N3 billion: Angry neighbours mock ex-NNPC boss Andrew Yakubu

Residents of Zaria Road, Sabon Tasha, a poor suburb of Kaduna, have no sympathy for their neighbour from whose house the staggering sum of $9.7million and 74,000 pounds was recovered last week.

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, last Friday announced it recovered the money (about N3 billion in total) from a house in Sabon Tasha belonging to a former Group Managing Director of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation, NNPC, Andrew Yakubu.

Mr. Yakubu, who reportedly admitted owning the money, has since been arrested and is in custody of the EFCC.

The Federal High Court in Kano presided over by Justice Zainab Abubakar on Tuesday gave an interim order for the forfeiture of the money to the Nigerian government.

When a PREMIUM TIMES reporter visited the area on Tuesday, the residents generally expressed shock and outrage over the discovery in their neglected community.

Many of the interviewees spoke in a mixture of English and pidgin.

Grace John, a private school teacher, first directed her anger at petty criminals she said daily terrorise ordinary residents of the area instead of going after the likes of the former NNPC boss.

“There is a street nicknamed ‘Black Street’ in this community. There is no kind of crime that does not happen there. Why is it that they didn’t discover that house where this money was hidden?” Ms. John said.

“They should have gone there instead of breaking into the homes of innocent people who struggle everyday to survive the harsh economy caused by people like Andrew Yakubu”.

She could not restrain her disgust for the embattled former boss of the state oil firm.

“The man is wicked. I pray that nemesis will continue to catch up with his likes,” she said, snapping her fingers.

Blessing Luka, a fruit hawker, pointed morosely at the irony of the discovery in a neighbourhood she said is without water, good road and hospital, and has a large number of unemployed and vulnerable youth.

“Yet, the money that would have been used to solve these problems and many other social and economic problems were stolen by one corrupt person and hidden under our nose”, she fumed.

Ms. Blessing, a widowed mother of five, said she knew Mr. Yakubu and had made several attempts to get him to support her trade.

“His boys will tell me come today, come tomorrow. Asheh plenti dollar dey for the house. Na wah ooo, rich people wicked oo!

“Wetin pain me be say this man for give me N10,000 to use am sell orange take feed my children and pay for their school fees and house rent before government collect everything!”

Florence Udogu said she felt bad when she heard the news of the discovery. She said even though it was a stolen money, it should have been invested in establishing an industry.

“He even has the dirty mouth to say it is a gift or a donation. Who is he fooling? He brought all these stolen money and hid it within our reach and left us in poverty and illness. But our God is alive and will continue to expose these corrupt politicians and government officials,” she said indignantly.

“We hear say the man dey save the money to contest Governor of Kaduna State, when even we wey dey stay near him house dey hungry. God catch am. Na for that prison him go die put” Jacob Dominic, a commercial tricycle operator who took our reporter round the slump, said.

“Na so bad name go dey follow him family. Ole! That is why dem wan kill Baba make him no catch them go prison.”

Andrew Abdul, a private legal practitioner who resides in the area, said he was shocked at the the level of corruption in the society, even as he awarded a pass mark to the EFCC as a corruption fighting agency.

He said all stolen money recovered should be invested in the economy and infrastructural development, especially in communities such as where Mr. Yakubu’s loot was discovered.

“The discovery of such huge amount of money hidden in an unexpected location has further exposed the level of selfishness, self-centredness, indifference and greed of some Nigerians”, the lawyer stated.

“Whatever is the source of the money or reason for saving the money is questionable. As a public officer, any money collected as gift should be declared publicly at the point of collecting it,” he said.

He advised the National Assembly to enact a law setting a ceiling on amount a public office holder or an individual could keep in their accounts without investing it into an economic venture.

“If somebody has that kind of looted money or even if it is a gift as Mr. Yakubu claimed, why can’t he help the poor community where he stashed the money?”, said Idibia Gabriel, a journalist who resides in the area.

“Some people said that if they had known about the hidden loot, they would have struggled to get something for themselves before the long arm of the law caught up with the former GMD”, he said, chuckling.

“Some said if they were Mr. Yakubu, they would have invested the money for people to benefit rather than keeping it,” he said.

That Andrew Yakubu – By Charly Boy

The other day, I was in the midst of those I thought were reasonable people – a small group of lawyers, engineers and realtors or real estate guys, and as usual, the topic of conversation was our dear country Nigeria. Then someone said, “Abegi President Buhari should bring back our corruption,” and to my surprise, everyone was laughing. I missed the joke, but I could swear the speaker was expressing the sentiment of the people I was with who were engulfed in a mumu laughter.

Who in Nigeria wey go say him no know say corruption na 99% of our wahala? Abeg why e be say na so so mumu mumu people full dis country? How can anybody govern a people who celebrate corruption the way we do and then cry foul when the damage is done, as though they had no idea where it came from? Kai, weytin be our problem Sef!

Walahitalai, even Jesus cannot govern a country wey still dey celebrate a president who presided over nothing but the wanton pilfering of its resources. And some Mumu Nigerians go dey wish make him come back to power. Na wa o.

Most people for Naija dey Craze. We dey Sick. And many of us dey Mental. I am sure you must have heard/read about the former NNPC Boss, Andrew Yakubu, who typifies what is damaging the Nigerian brand. Of course there are many Yakubus in Nigeria, even in my village of Oguta. The evil in the hearts of these men and women who are mindless and mean is for sure the bedrock of our recession; unemployment; suffering; hunger and infrastructural decay as billions and trillions of our monies are often pocketed by political criminals.

In the space of two years, see how much of our looted money was recouped by the government of President Muhammadu Buhari:

$153 million = Diezani Allison Madueke;
$15 million = Patience Jonathan;
N4billion = NIMASA boss Patrick Akpobolokemi
Heartbreaking N1trillion = Ex-Service chiefs
N111million = INEC Staff
$9.8 million & £74,000 = Andrew Yakubu
4.7bn arms fund = Obanikoro/Fayose
N11.7 billion mansion built by Deziani in Banana Island, Lagos.

Haba! Haba!! Haba!!! Is this a stealing competition?

But Andrew Yakubu own vex me die. Look at the clandestine place that $9.8m and another £74, 000 was found! Who would have thought there was such magnitude of national treasure there? See ehn, this stunning discovery by the EFCC makes me wonder how a soulless criminal of Andrew Yakubu’s ilk could have received $10million in cash as gift – as claimed by him – and how much gift would have been given to many other thieves, evil peoples and demons who had over the last decade, dotted our government. Oh… Where is my gun? I dey seriously feel like shooting somebody! In the end, common man go die by jungle justice ooo.

My people, I no dey fit sleep again. I no fit comprehend how a human being go thief him generation money come go church go do thanksgiving. The supposed Man of God who is his pastor is a bastard and that church is a fraud; in fact, the God to whom they pray sef Na LIE. Nigerians must rise up and in unison fight this corruption, because if we fail today, this our suffering no go end o… and many of us go die for nothing. Our failure as a country is our fault as a people. Andrew Yakubu dey for every family for Naija. You wan get money but you no wan work. Looking for miracles in churches and mosques. If we fail to work, we can only steal to survive and that is where the change must begin – with us all. A country where people spend more time on their knees more than they do on their job will not stand; a country where the mind of the people has been buried in the erroneous mentality of getting rich only by praying; daily spiritual diet; where men of God openly fraternize with certified and indicted thieves and drool over their loot – is  a country on its way to hell. My people, let us become a people who work so that we can collectively fight and fix this country. This madness of looters no go stop if our miracle-stricken mindset no change.

I hear say government dey give whistleblowers 5%, good. As the President of Frustrated Nigerians, I go ginger anybody wey know any government worker or politician wey dey hide money, for this our jungle. No fear, stand up because me go fight your fight. I am willing to provide further support for those who are afraid and I am willing to stand and fight to ensure that nobody go intimidate you – whether na the looters or agencies of government wey wan dey act funny. I cannot stand back and watch my country, my Naija, my home get looted to the point of monumental destructiveness while those who are capable of helping the government recover loots for the benefit of us all are intimidated by FEAR of DEATH. All man go die nonetheless and e fit be anytime.

I am prepared to lead a national revolution against corruption and in support of President Muhammadu Buhari’s anti-corruption war. I will go to meet with the EFCC boss, the ICPC boss, the police boss and all those who are trying to give this country renewed hope. Very soon the voice of ordinary Nigerians will be so loud that the interest of the frustrated Nigerians will be a national priority. For decades, I have never heard thieves return so much money back to the system. And for this reason alone, I go clap small for President Muhammadu Buhari. As the President of All Frustrated Nigerians, I enjoin all of us to shine our eyes and act right so we no go take our hand decimate what is left of our land. This mindless stealing and looting is just too much. Na God go punish bad people.

#OurMumuDonDo !!!

Charly Boy (Areafada)
President, All Frustrated Nigerians.
Twitter: @Areafada1