$9.8m, £74, 000 found in my house were gifts – Andrew Yakubu, ex-NNPC GMD
Wow! The best place to work in this world definitely is the Nigeria National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC). As the Group managing Director for just two years, the man got gifts in cash worth $9.8m and £74, 000! That was what the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) quoted him to have used as alibi after the raid on Thursday.
In a statement by its spokesperson, Wilson Uwujaren, the anti-graft agency disclosed that the money was found in a hidden fire-proof safe.
The spokesman noted that the raid of Yakubu’s house was sequel to an intelligence which the commission received, “about suspected proceeds of crime believed to be hidden in the slums of Sabon Tasha area of Kaduna”.
Uwajaren said, “a special operation conducted by operatives of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission on 3rd February, 2017 on a building belonging to a former group managing director of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC), Dr Andrew Yakubu in Kaduna yielded the recovery of a staggering sum of $9,772,800 and another sum of £74,000 cash.
“The huge cash was hidden in a fire proof safe. On arrival at the facility, the caretaker of the house, one Bitrus Yakubu, a younger brother to Andrew Yakubu, disclosed that both the house and the safe where the money was found belong to his brother, Andrew Yakubu.
“When the safe was opened it was discovered that it contained the sum of $9,772,800 (Nine Million, Seven Hundred and Seventy Two Thousand, Eight Hundred United States Dollars) and another sum of £74,000 (Seventy Four Thousand Pound Sterling).
“On 8th February, 2017, Andrew Yakubu reported to the commission’s Zonal office in Kano and made statement wherein he admitted ownership of the recovered money, claiming it was gift from unnamed persons. He is currently assisting the investigation.”