EFCC charges Yakubu with asset concealment

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Andrew Yakubu: charged over seized $9.8m

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission has formally charged Andrew Yakubu, the former group managing director of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation, with asset concealment and money laundering.

The six count charge was contained in court papers filed on 9 March 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, runs 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

The EFCC is also contesting the jurisdiction of the court to hear the case.

Here are the particulars of the charge against Yakubu:

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