Court grants ex-NNPC GMD Yakubu three weeks medical leave

Court grants ex-NNPC GMD Yakubu three weeks medical leave

Justice Ahmed Mohammed of the Federal High Court, Abuja on Wednesday granted the former Group Managing Director, Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC), Andrew Yakubu, leave to travel abroad to continue his medical treatment.

Yakubu was arraigned on a six-count charge of money laundering and false asset declaration.

Justice Mohammed said since the prosecution counsel, Prince Ben Ikani, did not object to the application made by defence counsel Ahmed Raji (SAN), he will grant the defendant leave to travel abroad.

The judge ordered that Yakubu’s international passport be released to him.

At the hearing of the application, counsel to Yakubu informed the court of the motion seeking permission to allow the defendant to travel abroad to attend to his failing health.

Raji asked the court to permit the release of the defendant’s international passport so that if the application is granted, he would be able to travel for the proposed treatment.

In his ruling, the judge said:”The defendant must come back to the country after three weeks to continue his trial.

“One of the sureties must depose to an affidavit to be liable.”

Justice Mohammed adjourned till July 6 for the continuation of trial.



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