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ICPC seize Governor of Bauchi House

The struggle to curb the hand of corruption continue in the administration of President Buhari.

The Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Commission (ICPC) discovered property houses Zinaria International School at Plot 298 Wuye District, Cadastral Zone B3, Abuja.

According to investigation made by ICPC

“ICPC’s intelligence-led investigation revealed that Senator Mohammed in his official capacity as the FCT Minister, had allocated the said property to a school that had himself and family members as directors and shareholders, despite an existing right of the Federal Ministry of Agriculture over the land,” the statement read.

“To this end, the Commission will issue notices of seizure and shall cause them to be served on the appropriate land registry, ministry and department where the property is situated as required by law.

“Senator Mohammed had earlier been charged for using his office to confer corrupt advantage upon himself and relations under Section 19 of ICPC law but could not be arraigned before he was sworn in as Governor of Bauchi State.

“In view of the provisions of Section 308 of the 1999 Constitution as amended, the charge which was pending before Hon. Justice Senchi of FCT High Court 13, Jabi, was withdrawn by the Commission to forestall its being struck out by the court suo moto.

“Following the notice of seizure, the Commission will apply to the court for an order of forfeiture under Section 48 of the ICPC Act in line with the Federal Government Policy focusing on recovery of proceeds of crime, pending when the tenure of the governor expires.”

Mohammed had served as senator representing Bauchi south in 2007.

He was appointed minister of FCT in 2010, under the leadership of Acting President Goodluck Jonathan.

Mohammed was elected governor of Bauchi during the 2019 governorship election in the state, under the platform of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP).

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