PDP Bauchi State Governor-elect charged to court over alleged bribery
The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has filed a criminal complaint against the elected governor of Bauchi, Senator Bala Mohammed, for the High Court of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT).
In a case marked CR / 177/17, the governor-elect is responsible for accepting gratification in the form of a house worth N550 million in 2599 and 2,600 cadastral areas, AO4, Asokoro District, Abuja, Aso Savings & Plc Loans in 2014.
According to the EFCC lawyer, Wahab Shittu, the alleged reward was accepted as a reward for Mohammed “for fulfilling his official duties”.
The crime, according to EFCC, is contrary to Section 18 (b) of the Law on Independent Corruption Practices and other Related Offenses 2000. It is punishable under Article 18 (d).
The charges of six chiefs, the governor-elect made a false statement to an EFCC investigation officer, Ishaya Dauda, who acquired ownership of the cadastral area through an Aso Savings & Loans mortgage facility.
Mohammed was also accused of failing to make a full disclosure of his 54-year-old property, Mike Akhigbe Street, Jabi, Abuja, during the presentation of his form of heritage declaration in EFCC.
The commission said the offense is contrary to Section 27 (3) (a) of the Institution Act (EFCC for its acronym in English) 2004, and punishable under Section 27 (3) (c).
Prosecutors also accused Mohammed of not declaring a property in Agwan Sarki Kaduna in the state of Kaduna.
EFCC said the governor-elect made a false statement that a property in CITEC Kwara House 5, AP Street, Mbora, Abuja belongs to him.
The commission said the property actually belongs to Abubakar Abdu Mohammed.
EFCC said Mohammed, in 2014, “did use your office and position to confer corrupt and undue advantage upon your associates by allocating four numbers of fully detached duplexes and eleven numbers semi-detached duplexes valued at N314million only through the Presidential Tax Force on Sale of Government Houses to them…”
The infringement is contrary to Article 19 of the ICPC 2000 law.
Mohammed of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) defeated the current governor Mohammed Abubakar of All Progressives Congress (APC) in the last elections.