Following an on-going investigation in Bauchi State, the Independent Corrupt Practices and other related Offences Commission (ICPC) has discovered and confiscated 220 flats, located in 20 estates, said to be owned by one Mohammed Sanusi, a former aide to ex-Governor Isa Yuguda of Bauchi State.
In addition to the 220 flats, 165 rounds of ammunition, a pump action rifle and other weapons were also found in some of Mohammed Sanusi’s properties situated at GRA, Bauchi.
According to Punch, a source in Bauchi revealed that the discovery was made by ICPC following a tip-off by a whistle-blower.
Speaking to a correspondent of the media house the source said:
“About 10 days ago, we received a tip-off from a whistle-blower about the lifestyle of one Mohammed Sanusi, a former aide to former Bauchi Governor, Isa Yuguda.
“We traced 220 flats in 20 estates to him. The houses range from two-bedroom to three-bedroom flats. Inside some of the properties, we discovered four sophisticated guns with 165 rounds of ammunition, five exotic cars and 15 new air conditioners.
“We believe the air conditioners were donated to the Bauchi State Government by China. We also recovered some cash as well as 25 designer watches and 20 bales of brocade.”
It was gathered that Mohammed Sanusi was arrested by the ICPC and interrogated but was later released on administrative bail.
When contacted on the telephone, the spokesperson for the ICPC, Mrs. Rasheedat Okoduwa, said she could not speak on the matter.
“According to the ICPC Act, we are not allowed to divulge details of (an ongoing) investigation. I cannot deny or confirm any story. In any case, anyone who is under investigation is presumed innocent until proved otherwise.”
Recall that the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) also sealed a multi-million naira mansion located at Sir Kashim Ibrahim Street, GRA, Bauchi, belonging to Isa Yuguda.
A statement issued on Saturday, October 22, 2016, by the Special Assistant to current Bauchi State Governor on Communications, Shamsuddeen Lukman Abubakar, informed that Yuguda’s multi-million naira mansion at Sir Kashim Ibrahim street, GRA Bauchi was visited by men of the anti-graft agency on Friday, October 21.
“This new development might not be unconnected with the series of complaints and petitions filed against the former governor by the current Bauchi State government under Governor Muhammad Abdullahi Abubakar to the EFCC,” he said.
A committee set up by the current Bauchi State Government to carry out forensic audit of all major contracts awarded by the past administration from June 2007 to May 2015 in the Bauchi State Universal Basic Education Board, Ministry of Local Government Affairs, Bauchi Specialist Hospitals, Ministries, Departments and Agencies, had, in January, asked Yuguda to account for over N212bn expended by his administration within the period under review.
Over N100 billion was alleged to have been mismanaged by permanent secretaries, commissioners, and aides to the former governor.
Isa Yuguda appointed 20 Special Advisers, 94 Senior Special Assistants and 810 Special Assistants.