A filling station and a shopping complex belonging to a self-acclaimed building engineer, Abdullahi Rilwan has been seized by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission due to his inability to explain his source of wealth.
The anti-graft commission acted based on the EFCC Act Section 71 (B) which gives the commission the power to launch investigations into any person’s property if it appears to the commission that the person’s lifestyle and extent of properties are not legally justified.
In a statement by its spokesperson, Mr. Wilson Uwujaren, the EFCC said that Rilwan was also arrested by the operatives of the commission for offenses bordering on operating a land racketeering syndicate, criminal conspiracy, unlawful possession of classified documents, obtaining by false pretense and money laundering.
The attention of the EFCC agents was drawn to the seized properties as they visited the Kuje Area Council, Abuja, following an investigation into the $2.1 billion arms procurement fraud. Detectives were said to have visited the area to verify the ownership of several properties suspected to be proceeds of money laundering.
While investigating the ownership of a filling station and a shopping complex both still under construction located along Pegi Road, in the Kuje Area Council, EFCC operatives learned that Abdullahi Rilwan was the person charge of the construction work.
The statement added:
“Rilwan, who was subsequently engaged, denied ownership of the station, but confirmed he was the engineer in charge of the construction work. He admitted to being the owner of the shopping complex.
“He also told operatives that he was the owner of two companies, Kaibo Oil and Gas and Kaibo Properties, but could not account for the source of wealth.
“A visit to his office, however, revealed that he was involved in several shady and suspicious business transaction deals.”
The revelation made EFCC operatives to beam their searchlight on the business activities of Mr. Abdullahi Rilwan. Subsequently, on October 31, a search and arrest warrant was executed at his Kuje residence.
Continuing, the statement said:
“The search unearthed several implicating documents in his custody, many of which he used to sell plots of land. Properties recovered from his residence in Kuje, include letter-head papers in the name of Kuje Area Council allocating plots of land, an ‘Irrevocable Power of Attorney’ in favour of Air Commodore Bassy Inyang, a ‘Right of Occupancy’ document granted to Henryville Farms, Abuja, among other implicating documents.
“The filling station and the complex are currently under investigation, and he would be charged to court as soon as the investigations are concluded.”