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Yusufu, Pensions fraud convict, slumps in court

By The Citizen
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Former Police pensions boss who was convicted for stealing over N23 billion, Mr. John Yahaya Yusufu, Monday slumped at the Federal High Court while standing trial on charges of alleged false declaration of assets.

It all began when EFCC counsel, Mr. Rotimi Jacobs (SAN), called prosecution's first witness, a civil servant working with the anti-graft agency under Asset Forfeiture and Tax Investigation Unit, Mr. Mustapha Sani to the stand for his testimony.

But as soon as Sani started giving his evidence, Yusufu, who had been standing in the dock, started trembling, causing his lawyer to apply that the court allowed him to sit down. But as the accused made for the chair inside the dock, he suddenly slumped. His lawyer and prison officials who had brought him to court from Kuje Prison rushed to him and assisted 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.