Convicted Ex-Pension Boss Remanded In Prision

Channels Television  
Updated January 30, 2013

A former Assistant Director at the police pension office, John Yakubu has been remanded in prison despite having pleaded not guilty to a four count charge of false declaration of assets.

Following his plea, the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) asked the court to remand the accused in prison and set a date for trial.

Presiding Judge, Justice Adamu Bello obliged to the application of the EFCC and remanded the accused in prison despite the appeal by his counsel to remain in EFCC

The EFCC re-arraigned the convicted on charges of false declaration of assets.

According to court papers, Yakubu is charged with failing to declare in his asset form, as a civil servant, his interest in SY-A Global Services Limited, a company owned by him and members of his family.

Yakubu is also accused of failing to declare the sum of N285million lodged in fixed deposit in the name of the said company Anda Surrugate named Danjuma Gele.

Yakubu pleaded not guilty to the charges.

This re-arraignment is coming two days after an Abuja High court convicted Mr John Yakubu, a former official of the police pension board.

Following his plea of not guilty, the anti-graft agency asked the court to remand him in prison custody and set a date for trial.

Despite appeal by his lawyer that he should be remanded in EFCC custody; the court directed that he should be sent to prison.

Justice Bello also set trial for the 4th of March 2013; he however allowed the defence to appear before the court before the trial date to make an application for bail.

Mr. John Yakubu was on the 28th of January sentenced to 6 years imprisonment or an option of paying 750,000 after pleading guilty to three count charges of criminal conversion of the police pension fund for personal use.