Justice Nnamdi Dimgba of the Federal High Court, Abuja, has in an ex-parte motion, ordered the former Minister of the Federal Capital Territory, Senator Bala Mohammed and son, Shamsudeen, to forfeit 14 property seized by the Economic and Financial Crime Commission(EFCC), to the federal government.
The order was pursuant to section 17(1) and (3) of the Advanced Fraud and Other Related Offences Act 2000, section 6(6) of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, 1999 (as amended).
Granting the interim forfeiture of the property, Justice Dimgba ordered the publication of notice, in the Daily Trust newspaper and EFCC website, inviting all persons/bodies who may have interest in the said property to come and show cause why the property will not be forfeited to the federal government.
The EFCC said it has seized “the properties located in ‘choice areas’ of Abuja traced to the immediate past minister of the Federal Capital Territory, Bala Mohammed, and his son, Shamsuddeen”.
The Commission stated this in a court application filed by one of its prosecutors, Mr. Ben Ikani.
The application, filed before the Federal High Court in Abuja on September 11, 2017, sought the interim forfeiture of the properties.
The commission maintained that “preliminary investigation has revealed that the properties listed on the schedule are unlawfully acquired through corrupt practices by the former minister and his son while in office as the minister of the Federal Capital Territory.”
The properties, according to the EFCC, included one “mansion” located at Sunrise Estate, Asokoro, Abuja; and three sets of four-bedroom semi-detached duplex at Green Acres Estate, Apo-Dutse, Abuja.
Others were two sets of four-bedroom fully-detached duplexes each with boys’ quarters on Gana Street, Maitama, Abuja, a trekable distance to Transcorps Hilton Hotel, Abuja.
Also listed as part of the seized properties was a four-bedroom detached duplex with boys’ quarters located at 9, Platinum Luxury Home White Estate, Asokoro, Abuja.
The charges against Shamsuddeen involve about N1.1billion.