The Economic Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, has said it seized 14 properties traced to Bala Mohammed, former minister of the Federal Capital Territory and his son, Shamsuddeen.
The EFCC stated this in a court application filed by one of its prosecutors, Ben Ikani. It said the properties are located in ‘choice areas’ of Abuja.
The application, filed before the Federal High Court in Abuja on September 11, 2017, sought the interim forfeiture of the properties.
The anti-graft agency stated that although it had “recovered and seized” the properties, they could not be forfeited to the Federal Government without a court order.
The EFCC also stated that both Mohammed and his son “have denied ownership and connection” to the properties.
But the commission maintained that “preliminary investigation has revealed that the properties listed on the schedule are unlawfully acquired through corrupt practices by the former minister and his son while in office”.
The properties, according to the EFCC, included one “mansion” located at Sunrise Estate, Asokoro, Abuja; and three sets of four-bedroomed semi-detached duplex at Green Acres Estate, Apo-Dutse, Abuja.
Others were two sets of four-bedroomed fully-detached duplexes each with boys’ quarters on Gana Street, Maitama, Abuja, a trekable distance to Transcorps Hilton Hotel Abuja.
Also listed as part of the seized properties was a four-bedroomed detached duplex with boys’ quarters located at 9, Platinum Luxury Home White Estate, Asokoro, Abuja.
Title documents attached to the EFCC’s application stated that some of the facilities in some properties included “excellent road and drainage network; dedicated transformer; borehole for constant water supply; fitted kitchen, bedroom cabinet and wardrobes; ample parking space; and children playing ground.”
The rest of the properties are plots of land in six different locations in Abuja.
Some of the plots of land were said to be located at Karasana West, Abuja, measuring 84,657.30 square metres; Industrial Area 1 Extension, Abuja, measuring 1.45Ha; and Guzape, Abuja measuring 2.7Ha.
Others were located at Industrial Area 1 Extension, Abuja, measuring 1.26Ha; Karasana West, Abuja measuring 64,507m2; and Dakibiyu, Abuja measuring 1,251.15m2.
Already, the EFCC is prosecuting the former minister and his son before a FCT High Court on six corruption-related charges and 15 counts of money laundering and failure to declare some assets.
The charges against Shamsuddeen involve about N1.1bn.
- Bola Kougbe