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EFCC Files Criminal Charges Against Governor-Elect

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) at a Federal Capital Territory High Court, Abuja, has filed fresh criminal charges against the governor-elect of Bauchi state Bala Mohammed.

EFCC 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.

The commission said the gratification was accepted as a reward by Mohammed for performing his official duties.

It also said that the alleged crime is contrary to section 18 (b) of the Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Act 2000 and punishable under Section 18 (d).

Also, the EFCC alleged that Mohammed made a false statement to the commission’s personnel, Ishaya Dauda, that he acquired the Cadastral Zone property through a mortgage facility from Aso Savings & Loans.

Similarly, Mohammed is also alleged to have failed to make full disclosure of his property on 54, Mike Akhigbe Street, Jabi, Abuja in his asset declaration form at the EFCC, an act which is contrary to Section 27 (3) (a) of the EFCC (Establishment) Act 2004 and punishable under Section 27 (3) (c).

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The EFCC’s counsel, Wahab Shittu, said Mohammed also failed to declare a property on Agwan Sarki area of Kaduna state.

He was also alleged to have falsely declared that property on CITEC Kwara House 5, AP Street, Mbora, Abuja belongs to him while he said the property actually belongs to Abubakar Abdu Mohammed – the governor-elect’s son.

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