- Bauchi governor-elect, Bala Mohammed, said he is ready to face the law for his alleged corruption charges
- The governor-elect who was charged to court by the EFCC has been accused of receiving N1.6 billion in bribes before allocating lands when he was FCT minister
- Mohammed who was in court said the case has been on but some mischievous people are misrepresenting it as if it is a new case
Bala Mohammed, Bauchi governor-elect, has said that he has done nothing wrong and is not afraid to face the law.
The Bauchi governor-elect said this on Monday, April 29, while addressing newsmen after he was charged to court by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), The Cable reports.
Halilu Yusuf, the judge presiding over the case, was not present.
The governor-elect is accused of receiving N1.6 billion in bribes before allocating lands when he was the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) minister.
Mohammed, however, said some people are presenting the case as if it is a new one, adding that his appearance in court was in continuation of his old case.
He said: “I was brought to court this morning, fortunately or unfortunately the judge was not there and it is a continuation of my case but out of mischief and treachery it was misrepresented as if it is a new case.
“This is a case that has been on and I don’t want to say anything that will preempt the outcome of the process so I will leave it at that, that it is the whole case that we are on with the EFCC and after winning my election, they still took me to court.
“I know my lawyers are trying to determine my status whether as a governor who has been duly elected by the people, as a governor who has been returned by the institution recognized by the constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, that is INEC is eligible to be taken to court at this moment."
The governor-elect also said that he believes in the rule of law and it was the belief that brought him to court, saying that he will be available whenever he is called on to appear.
“I believe in the rule of law and I believe in the constitution and in the right of institutions to carry out their statutory duties, so I was in court and of course the thing has been postponed to another time and I will be there any time I am asked even if I am in government.
“If my immunity has been severed from me I am ready to face the law because I know that at the cost of preempting the outcome of the court, I have not done anything and because my people have spoken," he said.
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Recall that Legit.ng earlier reported that EFCC filed fresh charges against the governor-elect of Bauchi state and former minister of the Federal Capital Territory, Bala Mohammed.
The commission in the fresh six-count charges accused Mohammed of accepting gratification in form of a house located at on No 2599 & 2600 Cadastral Zone, AO4 Asokoro District, Abuja, from Aso Savings & Loans Plc in 2014.
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