- ICPC has seized a multimillion naira property from Bala Muhammed
- The governor allegedly acquired the property when he was FCT minister
- Muhammed allegedly acquired the property despite an existing right of the Federal Ministry of Agriculture over the land
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Bauchi state governor, Senator Bala Muhammed, has temporarily lost multimillion naira property to the federal government.
This was announced by the Independent Corrupt Practices and other related offenses Commission (ICPC) when the agency said it seized the property which the governor acquired when he was the minister of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT).
The property is Zinaria International School, located at Plot 298, Wuye District, Cadastral Zone B3, FCT, Abuja.
The commission disclosed this on its twitter handle.
It said Senator Mohammed in his capacity as the FCT minister allocated the said property to a school that allegedly had himself and family members as directors and shareholders.
This is despite an existing right of the Federal Ministry of Agriculture over the land.
Meanwhile, Legit.ng had reported the Association of Ebonyi State Indigenes in Diaspora (AESID) has asked the Economic Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) and other anti-graft agencies to embark on a comprehensive probe of the state's financial records in the last 16 years.
The association specifically called on the ICPC, the Directorate of State Services (DSS) and the police to bring to book all those who have caused the state economic doldrums and future dooms beginning from the Sam Egwu-led administration to Elechi and now, the Dave Umahi-led government.
In a statement signed on Sunday, May 31, by the president of the association, Ambassador Pascal Oluchukwu, the group said the probe became necessary over alleged mismanagement of N2 billion loan given by the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) to the state government for the 2016 farming season.
Part of the statement read: “We are aware that it all started with the courage and boldness of one of the enlightened citizens of the state and former secretary to the Ebonyi state government, Professor Benard Odoh to hold the Umahi-led administration accountable especially with regards to the disturbing statistics of the National Bureau of Statistics which recently named our state as the 3rd poorest in the federation and information from the Debt Management Office, DMO which indicates that the present government has increased the State’s domestic and external borrowings.
“Already, Prof. Odoh had in his response to the allegations maintained that he had no hands in the disbursements of the said fund as his role was merely limited to providing strategic leadership for the supervising ministry of agriculture."
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