by Dare Lawal
Yakubu Yusuf has been one of the most prominent faces on the headlines this year. The former police pensions boss who confessed to stealing the whopping sum of N23 billion, and was handed a very light sentence by Justice Abubakar Talba, is currently facing fresh charges brought by the EFCC, this time on allegations of false declaration of assets.
But on Monday, during fresh proceedings, Yusuf slumped at the Federal High Court, Abuja.
Shortly after the EFCC counsel, Mr. Rotimi Jacobs (SAN), called the prosecution’s first witness, Mustapha Sani, who works with the EFCC under the Asset Forfeiture and Tax Investigation Unit, to the stand for his testimony, Yusuf who had been standing in the dock, started trembling.
His lawyers immediately applied that the court allows him to sit down, which the presiding judge, Justice Adamu Bello, granted.
But as the accused made for the chair inside the dock, he suddenly slumped, prompting his lawyer and prison officials who had brought him to court from Kuje Prison to rush towards him and assist him to the chair.
At this juncture, Justice Adamu Bello held that the accused was not fit to continue with the trial and adjourned the trial to April 22. The court also ordered that Yusufu be granted access to his personal physician.