The Economic And Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has sealed off landed properties of the immediate past minister of Federal Capital Territory Bala Mohammed and his son, Shamsudeen, following an alleged 1bn naira contract scam. The EFCC is alleging that money was paid while no work was done in the project.
According to an EFCC source:
“Based on substantial findings, we approached the court to obtain an interim forfeiture order to seize a N650million from the ex-FCT Minister.
“What happened was that the former minister allocated some plots of land to Aso Savings and they bought the N650 million house for him at Nos. 1 and 3, Mariam Mukhtar Street, Asokoro District.
“The EFCC has confiscated three duplexes totalling N222million which were acquired by the ex-minister’s son.
“We invoked sections 28 and 34 of the EFCC (Establishment Act) 2004 and Section 13(1) of the Federal High Court Act, 2004 which empower the anti-graft agency to invoke Interim Assets Forfeiture Clause.
“Section 28 of the EFCC Act reads: ‘Where a person is arrested for an offence under this Act, the Commission shall immediately trace and attach all the assets and properties of the person acquired as a result of such economic or financial crime and shall thereafter cause to be obtained an interim attachment order from the Court.’”
“We are investigating him, we are yet to invite him for questioning. Certainly, we are closing in on him.”