Embattled former Group Managing Director of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC), Mr. Andrew Yakubu, on Tuesday withdrew his N1bn fundamental human rights enforcement following his alleged unlawful detention by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC).
Engr. Yakubu, who was nabbed by the EFCC on February 3 after the recovery of $9.8 million alongside £74,000,000 from his house in Sabon Tasha, Kaduna, had filed the rights suit before Justice Ahmed Mohammed of the Federal High Court in Abuja following his arrest and continued detention.
However, in a sudden twist to the case, his lawyer, Mr. Adeola Adedipe, told the judge at the resumed hearing on Tuesday that he had filed a notice of discontinuance of the suit on behalf of his client..
According to Mr. Adedipe, the recent arraignment of the former NNPC boss and the bail subsequently granted him by the court were factors that influenced their decision to file a notice of discontinuance.
Justice Mohammed, who also presided over the arraignment of Yakubu on March 16 where he was slammed a six-count charge by the EFCC, struck out the suit after Adedipe moved his client’s motion on Tuesday.