17 June 2021 By Victoria Abah.
The Federal High Court, Abuja, has stopped the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, from amending the criminal charge it filed against a former Group Managing Director of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC), Mr Andrew Yakubu.
Trial Judge, Justice Ahmed Mohammed gave the order in a ruling on an application by the EFCC, seeking to
amend the criminal charge against Mr Yakubu.
Justice Mohammed while dismissing the application filed on March 10, held that there is a subsisting judgment delivered on April 24, 2020 wherein, the Court of Appeal, Abuja Division had ordered the defendants to enter defence on counts 3 and 4 of the charge.
“The Judgment of the Court of Appeal was specific and unambiguous” the court noted.
Yakubu was arraigned before Justice Ahmed Mohammed on March 16, 2017, on a six-count charge of fraud, having admitted owning over $9.8 million cash found in a house that also belongs to him in Kaduna state.
Meanwhile, Justice Ahmed Mohammed, has adjourned to June 30, for continuation of trial.