The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission is investigating a former Minister of the Federal Capital Territory, Bala Mohammed, for alleged financial crimes in excess of N1.6 trillion, PREMIUM TIMES has learnt. Sources within the agency told this newspaper that Mr. Mohammed, who served from April 2010 until May 2015, was allegedly involved in extensive land racketeering as a minister.
Prices of lands in Abuja are amongst the highest in Africa. A 1,400 sqm piece of land could go for as high as N250 million. Plots can sell in upscale areas of Asokoro, Maitama and Wuse 2 for over a billion naira.
“After computation of the land deals that he struck, we discovered that more than N1.6 trillion could not be accounted for,” a source said. Mr. Mohammed, a former senator from Bauchi State, was arrested on October 24 by EFCC operatives. He has not been released since then. Read more