ICPC Seizes Abuja Property Belonging To Bauchi Governor, Bala Mohammed

The ICPC said that Mohammed, who formerly served as a Minister of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) before he became governor, allocated the said property to a school that had himself and family members as directors and shareholders.

Governor Bala Mohammed of Bauchi State / Photo credit: premiumtimesng.com
Governor Bala Mohammed of Bauchi State / Photo credit: premiumtimesng.com

The Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Commission (ICPC), has seized a multi-million naira property belonging to the Bauchi State Governor, Senator Bala Mohammed.

The ICPC announced the seizure of Mohammed’s property in a statement published on its official website on Tuesday.

The ICPC said that Mohammed, who formerly served as a Minister of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) before he became governor, allocated the said property to a school that had himself and family members as directors and shareholders.

The statement reads:

“Pursuant to its powers contained in Section 45 (4) (a-c) of the Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Act, 2000, the Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Commission (ICPC), has seized a multi-million naira property belonging to the Bauchi State Governor, Senator Bala Mohammed, formerly Minister of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT).

“The property which houses Zinaria International School is located at Plot 298 Wuye District, Cadastral Zone B3, FCT, Abuja.

“ICPC’s intelligence-led investigation revealed that Senator Mohammed in his official capacity as the FCT Minister, had allocated the said property to a school that had himself and family members as directors and shareholders, despite an existing right of the Federal Ministry of Agriculture over the land.”

The commission said it would apply to the court for an order of forfeiture in line with the Federal Government Policy focusing on recovery of proceeds of crime, pending when the tenure of the Mohammeda expires.

“Senator Mohammed had earlier been charged for using his office to confer corrupt advantage upon himself and relations under Section 19 of ICPC law but could not be arraigned before he was sworn in as Governor of Bauchi State.

“In view of the provisions of Section 308 of the 1999 Constitution as amended, the charge which was pending before Hon. Justice Senchi of FCT High Court 13, Jabi, was withdrawn by the Commission to forestall its being struck out by the court suo moto.

“Following the notice of seizure, the Commission will apply to the court for an order of forfeiture under Section 48 of the ICPC Act in line with the Federal Government Policy focusing on recovery of proceeds of crime, pending when the tenure of the governor expires,” the statement added.

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