By Kunle Olasanmi,
Justice Abubakar Talba of the High Court of Federal Capital Territory has ordered that the former Minister of FCT, Bala Mohammed be remanded in Kuje prison, pending the ruling on his bail application on May 12, 2017.
The former minister was remanded in prison followinng his arraignment before the court by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission on a six-count criminal charge bordering on receiving of gratification and making false assets declaration of some of his property.
The EFCC alleged that Mohammed, while being the Minister of Federal Capital Territory Abuja, had in 2014 in Abuja did accept gratification of a house worth N550 million situated at No. 2599 and 2600 Cadestral zone AO4 Asokoro district Abuja from Aso Savings and LoanLoans Bank PLC.
The EFCC claimed the said house was a reward for performing his official duties.
By so doing, the EFCC stated Mohammed committed an offence contrary to Section 18(b) of the Independent Corrupt Paractices and other related offences Act 2000, and punishable under Section 18(d) of the same Act.
More so, Bala Mohammed is being prisecuted for abusing his office while being FCT Minister and Chairman Board of Directors, Aso Savings and Loans Bank PLC.
It was alleged that he did use his office and position to confer corrupt and undue advantage to his associates by allocating four numbers fully detached duplexes and eleven numbers semi detached duplexes valued at N314million through the Presidential Taskforce on sale of government houses to them.