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Tuesday, March 5, 2013

Nigeria’s Pension Thief, John Yahaya Yusufu Slumps In Court

Convicted pension thief, John Yahaya Yusufu, who is standing trial on an alleged false declaration of assets on Monday slumped in the dock while his trial was in progress.

The EFCC lawyer called their first witness, a civil servant working with the anti graft agency under Asset Forfeiture and Tax Investigation Unit, Mr. Mustapha Sani.

No sooner had the witness commenced his testimony than Yusufu, who had been standing in the dock, started shaking violently.

His lawyer pleaded with the court to allow the accused person to sit down, a request that was promptly granted by the court but as the accused made to sit down on the seat inside the dock, he slumped forward across the wooden dock. His lawyer and prison officials who had brought him to court from Kuje prison rushed to him and assisted him to sit on the seat.

At this juncture, the court indicated that the accused is not fit to continue with the trial and adjourned the trial to 22nd April.

The accused is standing trial for not disclosing his interest in a N250 million fixed deposit which was fixed in the name of a company known as SY-A Global Services Limited, incorporated by him and solely owned by him and members of his immediate family at Zenith Bank International Plc.

He was also alleged to have a N10 million fixed deposit in an account his company maintains at First Bank of Nigeria Plc and another N29 million fixed through one Mr. Danjuma Mele, who is also scheduled to testify as a witness in the trial.

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