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EFCC seizes N872m houses from ex-minister, son

06 August 2016, 06:53

Abuja - 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, reports The Nation

The commission has obtained an interim forfeiture order to confiscate a N650 million house at 1 and 3, Mariam Mukhtar Street, Asokoro belong to the former minister.

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.

Also read:  EFCC seizes N500m house belonging to Adamawa's ex-acting gov Fintiri

Bala 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.

Also 16 companies linked with fictitious contracts awarded by Bala had been under surveillance and their owners grilled by EFCC.

According to Nigeria Today, the ongoing probe of the ex-minister followed petitions against him, including complaints  pending since 2013.

Initial findings showed that the ex-minister used fictitious companies to award contracts worth N1 billion in FCT. In one instance, a man with three companies was allowed to bid for one slot.

- News 24


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