Former Group Managing Director of NNPC, Andrew Yakubu, who allegedly stole $9,772,800 and £74,000 and hid same in a bungalow in Kaduna, has audaciously asked the Federal High Court, Abuja to award N1 billion in his favour against the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, as damages and compenstaion for violation of his rights.
Counsel to Yakubu, Mr Adeola Adedipe told the court that the matter was brought pursuant to Order 8 Rule 4 of the Fundamental Rights Enforcement Procedure Rules and prayed the court for a declaration that he was entitled to the dignity of his person, personal liberty, freedom of movement, private and family life as enshrined in the 1999 Constitution.
Yakubu joined the EFCC and the Attorney-General of the Federation as first and second respondents in the suit.
He also asked the court to declare that his continued detention by the EFCC without charging him to court or allowing him to complete his medical procedure in the United Kingdom was a violation of his rights. Yakubu also sought an order of perpetual injunction restraining the EFCC from further detaining him unlawfully.
The former NNPC boss further seeks from the EFCC a public apology to him in two widely published national daily newspapers for the violation of his rights.
The EFCC has, through a counter affidavit deposed to by one Waziri Adamu, opposed the reliefs sought. The anti-corruption agency argues that investigation to the allegations against Yakubu was ongoing.
It also stated that the interim findings revealed that the monies found in Yakubu’s house were not gifts but proceeds of crime.
The EFCC averred that at the time Yakubu was GMD of NNPC, he was a public officer and there were existing laws that barred public officers from accepting those kind of gifts under any guise.
The EFCC told the court that the search conducted on Yakubu’s house was backed with a valid court order. The trial judge, Justice Ahmed Mohammed adjourned the matter until March 9.
Mr. Yakubu had claimed, after his alleged loot was discovered, that the money were gifts he got over a period of time.