EFCC Seizes N872m Houses From Ex- Minister, Son

The Economic and Financial Crimes
Commission (EFCC) has seized four houses
worth N872 million from a former Minister
of the Federal Capital Territory, Sen. Bala
Mohammed, and his son, Shamsudeen Bala.
The ex-minister is also under investigation
on alleged fictitious contracts of about
N1billion, allocation of 12 choice plots
worth billions of naira and 37 other
commercial plots of land worth about N8
billion to his suspected front named Tariq
Hammoud as well as the controversial N1
trillion Abuja land swap.
More than 16 companies linked with
fictitious contracts awarded by Bala had
been under surveillance and their owners
grilled by EFCC, The Nation reports.
The anti-graft agency quizzed Shamsudeen,
Hammoud and top directors of the Federal
Capital Territory administration, including
that of Treasury, Ibrahim Bomoi; Land,
Babayo Mainasara, and Abuja Geographical
Information Service (AGIS), Ms Jamila
Tangaza.
Tangaza, who had been in detention in the
past one week, was battling for bail as at
press time.
She has, however, been linked to N800
million questionable contracts to her
personal firm apart from benefiting from
plots of land from the ex-minister.
According to investigations, the ongoing
probe of the ex-minister followed petitions
against him, including complaints pending
since 2013.
It was gathered that following preliminary
findings, EFCC obtained an interim forfeiture
order to confiscate a N650 million house at
1 and 3, Mariam Mukhtar Street, Asokoro.
The same forfeiture order was secured to
seize the ex-minister’s son three duplexes
costing about N222 million in the Apo Area
of Abuja.
A top source in EFCC, who spoke in
confidence, said: “We are probing the
immediate past Minister of FCT on many
allegations against him, including award of
N1 billion fictitious contracts; abuse of
office by allocating 12 choice plots to his
son and 37 other commercial plots worth
about N8 billion to Hammoud, who is
suspected to be his front; land swap,
among others.
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