The immediate past Minister of the Federal Capital Territory, Alhaji Bala Mohammed, and his son, Shamsudeen, have forfeited 10 choice houses and plots to the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC).
The agency believes the properties were acquired by father and son with stolen public funds. The Head of Media and Publicity of the anti-graft Commission, Mr. Wilson Uwujaren, said yesterday...
“The seizure of the first three properties is on the strength of an interim forfeiture order by Justice Okon Abang of the Federal High Court, Abuja which temporarily forfeited the properties to the federal government pending the conclusion of investigation and determination of criminal charges against the suspect,”The EFCC plans to arraign the ex-Minister in court any moment from now to face trial for alleged corruption.
“The court also gives the Commission power to appoint competent persons/firm to manage the assets/properties listed.
“The rest properties were confiscated on the strength of the order by Justice Gabriel Kolawole of the Federal High Court, Abuja which forfeited the assets to the federal government pending the conclusion of investigation and determination of the criminal charges against the suspects.”
He said the court also forbids “any disposal, conveyance, mortgage, lease, sale or alienation or otherwise of the property/assets.”
The trial of the ex-minister’s son is to commence on March 27, 2017.