EFCC seizes 14 properties traced to ex-FCT minister and son

Mohammed and his son have denied ownership and connection to the properties.

In a report by Punch, the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission made this known in a court application filed by one of its prosecutors, Ben Ikani.

The application, filed before the Federal High Court in Abuja on September 11, 2017,   sought the interim forfeiture of the properties located in choice areas of Abuja.

The anti-graft agency maintained that “preliminary investigation has revealed that the properties listed on the schedule are unlawfully acquired through corrupt practices by the former minister and his son while in office as the Minister of the Federal Capital Territory.”

It was further stated that although the EFCC had recovered and seized the properties, they could not be forfeited to the Federal Government without a court order.

Mohammed and his son have denied ownership and connection to the properties, the EFCC also added.

Locations of the properties which varies from a mansion to detached duplexes and plots of lands are situated in Asokoro, Maitama, Apo, Guzape, Karasana West and Industrial Area extension amongst other areas.

The EFCC revealed that the properties were held in the names of different companies and one Maimuna S. Aliyu.

The commission described Aliyu as Bala’s proxy allegedly used to acquire the houses 1A and 2A of No. 7 Gana Street Maitama, Abuja.

The EFCC is prosecuting the ex- minister and his son before a High Court of the Federal Capital Territory, Gudu, Abuja, on six corruption-related charges, and his son, Shamsuddeen, before the Federal High Court, Abuja, on 15 counts of money laundering and failure to declare some assets.

The charges against Shamsuddeen involve about N1.1bn.

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