The EFCC has seized a minimum of 12 properties from a former Minister of the Federal Capital Territory, Senator Bala Mohammed, and his son, Shamsudeen Bala, we confirmed
It was learnt on Tuesday that the seizures have been a part of investigations right into a controversial land swap deal carried out by the minister to the tune of N1tn between 2010 and 2015.
“Thus far, we’ve got seized about 12 properties from Bala Mohammed and his son, who he utilized in shopping for many properties. Nevertheless, that is only a tip of the iceberg as a result of we came upon that there are nonetheless loads of properties to be recovered’’, a supply within the EFCC instructed our correspondent on Tuesday.
“After investigations, we’ll arraign Bala (ex-minister) earlier than an FCT Excessive Court docket whereas his son can be arraigned earlier than a Federal Excessive Courtroom anytime from now, the supply added.”
Mohammed, who has been in EFCC custody for over six weeks, is alleged to have entered into some controversial land offers and allegedly gave some landed properties to his cronies for the development of malls.
The supply mentioned, “Now we have proof that the ex-minister diverted funds from Internally Generated Income. He additionally gave land arbitrarily to mates with out following due course of. Among the land had even been allotted to different individuals however seized from them unjustly.”
Already, the fee has grilled a former Chairman of Skye Financial institution, Tunde Ayeni, who was additionally the Chairman of ASO Financial savings & Loans Plc over the acquisition of the N7.5bn ASO Grove Property on the Maitama space of Abuja by the financial institution by the ex-minister.
A detective within the EFCC, whereas talking with our correspondent, alleged that the previous minister was additionally a entrance for Mrs. Persistence Jonathan, the spouse of ex-President Goodluck Jonathan.
Mohammed turned very near the Jonathan household in 2009 when he referred to as for the adoption of the doctrine of necessity when the then President Umaru Yar’Adua was critically in poor health and unable to carry out his capabilities as President.
It was by means of this course of that Yar’Adua was declared incapacitated and paved the best way for the then Vice-President Jonathan to develop into the performing President and later President.
As FCT minister, Mohammed revoked the 1.eighty four hectares of land allotted to Yar’Adua’s spouse, which was meant for her organisation, Girls and Youth Empowerment Basis.
The ex-minister then allotted the land to Endurance for the development of African First Girls’ Peace Mission’s secretariat, stating that the transfer was within the curiosity of the general public.
An FCT Excessive Court docket, nevertheless, described the land seize as unlawful and returned it to Mrs. Yar’Adua.
A supply on the EFCC, nevertheless, mentioned there was proof to indicate that the ex-minister had given different plots of land to Endurance similarly.
“We’ve proof to point out that Bala Mohammed was a entrance for Persistence Jonathan. He abused his place and used it to allocate land to her as effectively. Persistence has a number of enterprise pursuits in Abuja, together with a lodge,” a supply acknowledged.
Endurance has since written a petition to the Home of Representatives, accusing the EFCC of harassing her and her associates.
In an interview with journalists in 2015, the ex-minister denied abusing his workplace, stating that he was loyal to the Jonathan household and was solely serving to Persistence along with her African First Girls’ Peace Mission’s mission by offering her with free land.
He had mentioned, “Folks say all types of issues about my household: that I’ve stolen so and so billions; I’ve given plots of land to the primary girl. Persons are at all times insinuating that the primary girl has a lot within the FCT and they’re all lies.
“Most individuals discuss this manner as a result of they need to see a state of affairs to trigger friction; an instance is what occurred with our help of the First Girl Mission.
“It’s an African Union initiative. It isn’t private to the primary woman, it’s a international initiative, however some extremely-positioned Nigerians had been insinuating that we had been taking FCT sources to servic
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