Residents of Sabon Tasha, the Kaduna slum where EFCC recovered Andrew Yakubu’s $9.7million and 74,000 pound sterling, have rained curses on the former Group Managing Director of NNPC for locking up equivalent of billions of naira in the community where many go to bed in hunger.
The residents gathered in twos and threes yesterday discussing the recovery. They are very shocked that such a huge amount of money was kept close to them when many cannot afford three square meals or meet their basic needs.
Some branded his action as sheer wickedness.
Speaking to TheNation, One Jerry D. Ishaya said:
“If you keep a large sum of money somewhere, whether you got it legitimately or illegitimately, bring it out and invest it for the people to benefit.
“If anyone is caught looting, let him face the law. After all, EFCC was established by PDP.”
Another resident, Mrs. Shila Musa said “those stealing our commonwealth and making us languish in abject poverty will not know peace.
“Just imagine, an amount that is enough to resuscitate the entire textile industry in Kaduna in the hands of one man, ‘Allah ya isa’ (God will judge).
“I am a Christian and I know in a situation like this some people will be blindly supporting this kind of person. But the question is: of what benefit has his loot being to Christians?
“So, Nigerians must wake up and fight their common enemies looting our treasury irrespective of their religious or ethnic affiliation,” Mrs. Musa said.
Yakubu, according to EFCC sources has admitted ownership of the money. He claimed the money was a gift.
He is keen to go home but is was still in EFCC custody yesterday, battling for bail. Also working hard to get him released on bail are several prominent Nigerians including a Senator.
However, EFCC sources said its investigation of the detainee is far from concluded.
A top source said:
“The ex-GMD is still in custody, we want him to give us the list of those who gave him the $9.8million as gift.
“We are also considering other clues which we have stumbled upon in the course of this investigation. We will grant him bail as soon as we sort out a few things.
“It is interesting that some prominent Nigerians, including a Senator, have been begging us to release the ex-GMD. But EFCC only complied with the rule of law and not sentiments.”
Meanwhile, Magu yesterday commended Mr. Adamu Dan Musa, the commission’s head of operations in Kano Zonal Office, who led the team that recovered the money
Magu said the officer and his team “demonstrated courage, professionalism and integrity in executing the raid that yielded the astounding discovery.”
He asked staff of the commission to “emulate the team as the EFCC is poised to take the fight against corruption to new heights.”