The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC seizes four houses worth N872m from the son of a former Minister of the Federal Capital Territory, Bala Mohammed.
The former minister is also under investigation on fictitious contracts to the tune of about N1billion.
He is also being investigated for allocating 12 choice plots of land worth billions of naira and 37 other commercial plots worth about N8bn to a suspected front named Tariq Hammoud.
Ex-minister Bala Mohammed is also muddled in the controversial N1trillion Abuja land swap.
According to reports from the antigraft agency, more than 16 companies linked with fictitious contracts awarded by Bala had been under surveillance. Their owners have also been quizzed by the EFCC.
The EFCC interrogated Shamsudeen, Hammoud and top directors of the Federal Capital Territory administration.
Also quizzed are directors of Treasury, Ibrahim Bomoi; Land, Babayo Mainasara, and Abuja Geographical Information Service (AGIS), Ms Jamila Tangaza.
According to investigations, the ongoing probe of the ex-minister followed petitions against him, including complaints pending since 2013.
The EFCC, following preliminary findings, have obtained an interim forfeiture order to confiscate a N650 million house at 1 and 3, Mariam Mukhtar Street, Asokoro.
The same forfeiture order was secured to seize the ex-minister’s son’s three duplexes worth about N222 million in the Apo Area of Abuja.
EFCC Seizes Property Worth N872Million From Ex-Minister
A reliable source within the EFCC disclosed that the agency is probing the immediate past Minister of FCT on many allegations against him.
According to the source, some of the petitions against Bala Mohammed had been pending since 2013.
“Findings showed that the ex-minister used fictitious companies to award contracts worth N1 billion.
“In one instance, a man with three companies was allowed to bid for one slot.
“About 16 companies used for fictitious contracts are under investigation because they did not supply items credited to them.
“We have also uncovered how Bala allocated plots of land to his friends, business partners.
“For example, he allocated 12 plots of land to his son, Shamsudeen, and 37 commercial plots of land to his business front called Tariq Hammoud.
“Each time the ex-minister allocated a plot of land, he would find out the market value and ask you to pay half of the amount to him in cash.
“For instance, if a plot of land was N2 billion, Bala would ask for N1 billion cash from the prospective buyer. He was smart in collecting cash.
“…the former minister allocated some [big] plots of land to Aso Savings and they bought the N650m house for him at Nos. 1 and 3, Mariam Mukhtar Street, Asokoro District.
The EFCC has confiscated three duplexes worth N222million acquired by the ex-minister’s son.