Embattled former Group Managing Director of Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC), Mr. Andrew Yakubu, on Wednesday asked the court for a date to present his ‘no case submission’ argument and address.
The application the defendant filed challenging the charges against him could not be heard yesterday because prosecution counsel was absent in court.
In the application, Yakubu is seeking to quash money laundering charges filed against him by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), and to abort his trial before Justice Ahmed R. Mohammed of the Federal High Court Abuja.
In the ” no-case submission” application dated November 6, 2018, and filed through his lawyer, Anone Usman, the defendant is praying the court to strike out the charges against him, and discharge and acquit him,
based on the ground that “the evidence led by the prosecution’s seven witnesses did not establish a case” against him that would warrant him to enter defense.
The EFCC had on October 17, 2018, closed its case against him, after calling the seventh witness, Suleiman Mohammed, an operative with the Commission,
who testified as to how operatives on February 3, 2017 recovered $9,772,000 and £74,000 stashed in a huge fire proof safe in a building belonging to Yakubu located at Sabon Tasha area of Kaduna State.
Besides oral evidence, the Court had also admitted in evidence, a 32GB memory card and two mini discs, which contained the recording of the raid carried out by EFCC operatives leading to the recovery of the huge sum.
Yakubu who is facing a six-count charge bordering on money laundering and false declaration of assets, was expected to open his defence on December 5.
Usman while asking the court for a date to argue its no-case submission said, “We urge the Court to grant us a date for parties to adopt the processes in respect of the application”.
There was no representation from the prosecution during proceedings.
Justice Mohammed, thereafter, adjourned the matter to January 17, 2019 for “adoption of processes and hearing” and directed that “hearing notice be issued on the prosecution”.