A group, Southern Kaduna Coaltion of Professionals (SKCOP) Friday lambasted the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), for the continued detention of former Group Managing Director, GMD, of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC), Engr. Andrew Yakubu, after they claimed that the man has met all the bail conditions set for him.
The group also said that the EFCC was selective in its anti-corruption crusade challenging it to also parade the others which it claimed huge sums of stolen monies have been recovered from.
The statement which was signed by its General Secretary Mr. Haliu Sagamu Jaspar (JP) and made available to the Press in Kaduna reads in part:
“The Nigerian society is awash with news of a cache of foreign currency that includes “humongous” amounts of US dollars and Pounds sterling of which the former Group Managing Director (GMD) of NNPC Engr. Any Yakubu, has since admitted being the owner. The said amount is put at $9.7 million and £74,000 found in a safe in property belonging to the man who has served the NNPC for 35 years, rising to be its GMD.
“While we await to see if a court of law can establish if the said amount found in his home is a proceed of crime, or whether there is indeed a law that forbids anyone from keeping his earnings at home, we suspect that the deliberate negative publicity the EFCC is generating over his arrest and its failure to release him from their detention after meeting his bail conditions, is more vindictive and political than fighting corruption.
“We want to state that the desperate attempts to rubbish Andy Yakubu, (the Iyan of Atyap Chiefdom) by those who think that a man from Southern Kaduna has no business becoming the GMD of NNPC started right when he was in office.
“In 20014, the then CBN governor Sanusi Lamido Sanusi, raised a bogus alarm that under the watch of Andy Yakubu, $48.9 billion had gone missing at the NNPC. When pressed further, he said it was actually $20 billion. The Senate took the matter very serious and instituted its own probe into the clearly silly allegation. An audit firm of global repute, PriceWaterHouseCoopers was brought in by the federal government. After a forensic investigation, the firm said no such monies were ever missing.
“Still bent on disgracing the only person from the Middle Belt to ever occupy that position after rising from the ranks, Andy Yakubu was in UK in June last year, when the EFCC invited him. With his conscience clean and clear he arrived Nigeria just for the EFCC to clamp him in detention over an alleged criminality in an NNPC subsidiary – (NPDC) – after Yakubu has left office. With nothing to link him to any crime, the EFCC humiliated him for days before admitting before Justice Binta Nyako of Federal High Cout Abuja that the man was an innocent man.
That the suspects were former Minister of Petroleum Mrs Allison Maduekwe – still hiding in London and Jide Aluko, who lives a lavish lifestyle in the US and is a fugitive of the law in Nigeria. Other still in court over the alleged multi-billion dollar crude oil deal were: Jide Omokore, Victor Briggs, Abiye Membere, David Mbanefo, Atlantic Energy Brass Development Limited and Atlantic Energy Drilling Concepts Limited.
Andrew Laah Yakubu, before he ascended the top slot as GMD of NNPC- had held high profile and very sensitive positions – ranging from Head of NNPC London Office. He was Managing Director, Warri Petrochemical Refinery and was promoted Executive Director, Exploration and Production, a position next to that of the GMD of the NNPC. When the post of the boss of NNPC became vacant, he was the most qualified to became the GMD.