Three Times Lucky: Court grants Yakubu, Ex-NNPC GMD, permission to travel abroad

Justice Ahmed Mohammed of the federal high court in Abuja, on Monday, granted Andrew Yakubu, former group managing director of the Nigeria National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC), permission to travel to the UK for medical treatment.

Yakubu who is standing trial on a six-count charge of Money laundering has never been denied the leave of court to travel for medical attention since he was arraigned by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission on March 16, 2017.

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In an application dated May 2017, Yakubu had sought the court’s permission to travel to the United Kingdom for medical treatment. The application was granted on May 24, 2017, for a period of three weeks commencing from May 25, 2017”.

Another application dated February 26, praying the court to grant leave for the defendant to travel to the United Kingdom for a period of eight weeks, was also granted on February 28, 2018.

Objecting to the recent application for medical travel, prosecuting counsels led by M.S Abubakar said that the incessant trips abroad for medical treatment amounted to medical tourism and an abuse of court process.

The anti-graft agency closed its case after calling seven witnesses.
Rather than open his defence, the former GMD had filed a no case submission which would be ruled upon on May 16 2019.

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