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 Commisssion (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.
Recall, Yakubu was arraigned on a six-count charge of fraud. On 3 February, 2017, operatives of the Commission had stormed a building belonging to the former NNPC boss and recovered a staggering sum of $9,772,000 and £74,000 stashed in a huge fire proof safe.
On 8 February, 2017, Yakubu reported to the Commission’s Kano Zonal Office where he admitted being the owner of both the house and the money recovered.
Also, Federal High Court sitting in Kano presided over by Justice Zainab Abubakar had earlier ordered the forfeiture of the sum of $9.772 million and £74,000 recovered from a former Group Managing Director of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation, NNPC, Mr. Andrew Yakubu to the Federal Government.
The order was sequel to an ex parte application by the EFCC seeking an interim forfeiture of the recovered money to the Federal Government.
The ex parte application was moved by Salihu Sani, counsel for the applicant.
In her ruling, Justice Zainab held “That the sum of $9,772,000 and £74,000 which are now in the custody of the applicant (EFCC) are in the interim forfeited to the Federal Government of Nigeria.”