Former Group Managing Director of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation, Andrew Yakubu has asked the court to order the Federal Government to give him back the money,
seized by the Economic and Financial Crime Commission, EFCC from him on February 9.
Yakubu, in a motion on notice, filed by his counsel, Mr Ahmed Raji, SAN, is asking the court to set aside the forfeiture order that granted the Federal Government the ownership of the money totaling $9.772,800 and E74, 000,00.
Raji in his suit argued that the court lacked the jurisdiction to grant the FG ownership of his client’s money and therefore should set aside the order and return the money to Yakubu.
He said that going by section 45 of the Federla High Court Act, an offense should be tried only by a court exercising powers in the place where the offense was committed.
The offense, according to him, was committed in Abuja and not in Kano where the court made the forfeiture order.
Besides, ‘the ex-parte order was based under the Independent Corrupt Practices and other Related Offenses Commission Act and not the EFCC Act as prescribed by section 28 and 28’.
He said: “In this 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 February 13, 2017”
The government of former President Jonathan sacked Yakubu, ex GMD of NNPC between 2012 and 2104, for alleged insubordination.