Fourteen properties linked to former Minister of the federal capital territory, Bala Mohammed and his son, Shamsuddeen have been confiscated by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission.
In a court application filed before the federal high court in Abuja, on September 11, the commission sought the interim forfeiture of the said property.
It said the properties — located in “choice areas” of Abuja — are “reasonably suspected to be proceeds of unlawful activities and crimes.”
They include a mansion, duplexes, as well as plots of land.
Mohammed and his son are currently being prosecuted by the commission on charges bordering on corruption, money laundering and failure to declare assets.
Already, they have forfeited 10 pieces of property, still located in Abuja, on the order of two high courts in the nation’s capital.
The anti-graft agency said although the duo have “have denied ownership and connection” to the newly discovered pieces of property, preliminary investigation shows the said pieces of property are “unlawfully acquired through corrupt practices by the former minister and his son while in office as a minister.”
EFCC said the properties were kept and concealed in the names of the proxies and nominees of the former minister and his son, and for their benefit.
It added that the companies, in whose names some of the property were said to be held, include Intertrans Global Logistics, Bird Trust Aglo-allied Limited, Bal-Vac Mining Limited, and Diakin Telecommunication Limited, and are owned by the duo.
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