Governor (Sen.) Bala Mohammed of Bauchi State

Corruption: ICPC seizes Bauchi Governor’s multimillion Naira property

* Says Bala Mohammed illegally allocated property to school belonging to self and family members

* Applies for court’s order of forfeiture under Section 48 of the ICPC Act

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For unlawfully using his office to confer corrupt advantage upon himself and family relations, Nigeria’s Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Commission (ICPC), has impounded a multi-million Naira property belonging to Sen. Bala Mohammed, current Governor of Bauchi State and former Minister of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Abuja.

The ICPC stated that the move is in tandem with its efforts at ridding the country of official sleaze, pursuant to its powers contained in Section 45 (4) (a-c) of the Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Act 2000,

According to the anti-corruption Commission via its verified Twitter account, the property, which houses Zinaria International School, is located at Plot 298, Wuye District, Cadastral Zone B3, Abuja.

The agency disclosed that its intelligence-led investigation revealed that Governor Mohammed, while serving as the FCT Minister, had allocated the said property to a school having him and his family members as Directors and shareholders contrary to a standing right of the Federal Ministry of Agriculture over same land.

“The Commission will issue notices of seizure and shall cause them to be served on the appropriate land registry, ministry and department where the property is situated as required by law.

“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 Justice Senchi of FCT High Court 13, Jabi, was withdrawn by the Commission to forestall its being struck out by the court suo moto,” stated the anti-graft agency.

Sequel to the notice of seizure, the Commission disclosed that it would 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.

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