Twelve properties have been seized by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) from a former Minister of the Federal Capital Territory, Senator Bala Mohammed, and his son, Shamsudeen Bala, The Punch reports.
According to a source in the anti-graft agency, the seizures were part of investigations into a controversial land swap deal carried out by the minister to the tune of N1trn between 2010 and 2015.
The source said, “So far, we have seized about 12 properties from Bala Mohammed and his son, who he used in buying many properties. However, this is just a tip of the iceberg because we found out that there are still a lot of properties to be recovered.
“After investigations, we will arraign Bala (ex-minister) before an FCT High Court while his son will be arraigned before a Federal High Court anytime from now.”
The former FCT minister was also accused of revoking and reissuing lands without following due process.
The source said, “We have evidence that the ex-minister diverted funds from Internally Generated Revenue. He also gave land arbitrarily to friends without following due process. Some of the land had even been allocated to other people but seized from them unjustly.”
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