Friday, 15 September 2017

EFCC seizes 14 properties traced to ex-FCT minister and son

Mohammed and his son have denied ownership and connection to the properties, the EFCC also added.

14 properties traced to the ex-Minister of the Federal Capital Territory,Bala Mohammed, and his son, Shamusideen, has been seized by the EFCC.In a report by Punch, the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission made this known in a court application filed by one of its prosecutors,Ben Ikani.The application, filed before the Federal High Court in Abuja on September 11, 2017,   sought the interim forfeiture of the properties located in choice areas of Abuja.The anti-graft agency 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 as the Minister of the Federal Capital Territory.”It was further stated that although the EFCC had recovered and seized the properties, they could not be forfeited tothe Federal Government without a court order.
Mohammed and his son have denied ownership and connection to the properties, the EFCC also added.Locations of the properties which variesfrom a mansion to detached duplexes and plots of lands are situated in Asokoro, Maitama, Apo, Guzape, Karasana West and Industrial Area extension amongst other areas.