The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, will on Wednesday arraign former Minister of the Federal Capital Territory, Bala Mohammed’s Son, Shamsudeen Bala, before a Federal High Court, Abuja, for a N1.2 billion fraud.
Mr. Bala, who is being charged along with four companies – Bird Trust Agro Allied Limited, Intertrans Global Logistic Ltd, Diakin Telecommunications Ltd and Bal-Vac Mining Nigeria Ltd, is facing a 15-count charge bordering on money laundering offence, the EFCC said in a statement signed by Wilson Uwujaren.
One of the counts reads:
“That you Shamsudeen Bala (alias Shamsudeen Mohammed Bala), Bird Trust Agro Allied Ltd and Intertrans Global Logistics Ltd sometime in 2015 in Abuja within the jurisdiction of this Honourable Court did without going through a Financial Institution make cash payment of the sum of N296,000,000 (Two hundred and ninety six million naira) only to A & K Constructions Ltd Abuja and Sunrise Estate Development Ltd for Construction of a house on Plot Nos 2116 and 2276 at Asokoro Gardens (alias Sunrise Estate) Abuja, which sum exceeded the statutory limit and thereby committed an offence contrary to Section 1 of the Money Laundering (Prohibition) Act, 2011 as amended in 2012 and punishable under Section 16(2)(b) and (4) of the same Act”.
Since leaving office, the EFCC also arraigned Muhammad Gital, a former chief of staff to the minister of the Federal Capital Territory, Bala Mohammed, on corruption charges.
Gital was arraigned before an Abuja High Court in Jabi. Gital and his co-accused, Sani Abba, a Deputy Director, Mass Housing at the Federal Capital Development Authority, allegedly conspired and defrauded Duru Ejiogu, the managing director of Visioni and Strauss Nigeria Limited of N60 million.
They were arraigned on a four count-charge bordering on criminal breach of trust, obtaining by false pretence and abuse of office.
The said money was collected on the pretext that it would be used to facilitate the change of Land Use in respect of Plot No: 523, Cadastral Zone BOO Kukwaba District, from Passive Recreation to Residential.
They were said to have committed an offence contrary to Section 8(a) of the Advance Fee Fraud and Other Fraud Related Offences Act, 2006 and punishable under Section 1 (3) of the same Act.
However, the accused persons pleaded not guilty to the charges.