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EFCC arrests former FCT minister

25 October 2016, 12:27

Abuja - The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission has arrested a former Minister of the Federal Capital Territory, Senator Bala Mohammed, Punch reports.

A top source in the anti-graft agency told our correspondent on Monday that the former FCT minister was arrested around 10.39am on Monday and taken into custody for interrogation by a team of operatives, who were awaiting his arrival.

It was gathered that the commission commenced discreet investigations into the activities of the former minister following a petition against him in 2013 while he was still in office.

It was learnt that the EFCC was investigating the ex-minister for alleged fictitious contracts worth N1bn and the allocation of 12 properties and 37 commercial plots of land to a suspected front of Mohammed and a controversial Abuja land swap deal put at N1tn.

It was learnt that prior to the arrest of the ex-minister, the EFCC had interrogated top directors of the FCT.

Those quizzed, the source added, included the Director of Treasury, Ibrahim Bomoi, his counterpart  in charge of Land, Babayo Mainasara, and the Director in charge of Abuja Geographical Information Service, Ms Jamila Tangaza.

The commission was also said to have quizzed the son of the former minister, Samshudeen Bala, and one Tariq Hammoud, said to be a front for the minister.

Meanwhile there are renewed fears over the life of detained former Aviation minister, Femi Fani-Kayode, after it emerged he had slumped while in detention on Saturday according to News24.

His spokesperson, Jude Ndukwe, disclosed Fani-Kayode’s health setback, indicating the slump came a day after he was rearrested.

Ndukwe blamed Fani-Kayode’s health problems on an earlier incarceration of the former minister by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC).

- News 24

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