The Nation (Nigeria)

Supreme Court dismisses EX-NNPC GMD ’s appeal over seizure of $9.7m, 74,000

- From Eric Ikhilae, Abuja

THE Supreme Court has dismissed the appeal filed by a former Group Managing Director (GMD) of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporatio­n (NNPC), Andrew Yakubu, against the order of a Federal High Court in Kano that he would forfeit the $9.7 million and 74,000 allegedly found in his Kaduna house to the Federal Government.

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) is currently prosecutin­g Yakubu before a Federal High Court in Abuja for the recovered money.

Yakubu had appealed the decision of the Court of Appeal in Kaduna, which upheld the forfeiture order made by the Federal High Court in Kano.

At the mention of the appeal yesterday, his lawyer, Ahmad Raji (SAN), told the court that he filed a notice to discontinu­e on July 14, 2021.

Raji hinged his decision to withdraw the appeal on the fact that his client has another pending appeal before the Supreme Court, which challenges the propriety of Yakubu’s trial.

Lawyer to the EFCC, Muhammed Abubakar, did not object to the decision by the appellant’s counsel to withdraw the appeal, but sought an order of dismissal.

Ruling, a five-member panel of the Supreme Court, presided over by Justice Mary Peter-odili, upheld the applicatio­n by EFCC’S lawyer for the dismissal of the appeal for lack of diligent prosecutio­n, and dismiss the appeal.

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