Ex-FCT Minister Mohammed Remanded In Prison

Former FCT Minister, Bala Mohammed
Former FCT Minister, Bala Mohammed

A Federal Capital Territory, FCT, high court has ordered that former Minister of the FCT, Bala Mohammed, be remanded in the Kuje Maximum Prison until May 12 when his bail application will be decided.

Mohammed was on Wednesday arraigned by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, on a six-count charge of abuse of office during the period he was in charge as Minister of the FCT.

The EFCC also accused Mohammed of allegedly collecting gratification to the tune of N550 million, while in office as minister as well as false assets declaration.

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The former minister pleaded not guilty to the charges.

His counsel then applied for bail and after the application was heard, trial judge Abubakar Talba adjourned the matter till May 12 for ruling.

He ordered that the defendant be remanded in prison custody pending the determination of the bail application.

It would be recalled that the son of the former minister, Shamsudeen Bala, is also facing corruption charges at the federal high court, Abuja.

He was arraigned on February 1, by the EFCC, on a 15-count charge of money laundering to the tune of N1.1 billion.

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Justice Nnamdi Dimgba had ordered him to be remanded in Kuje Prison pending the determination of his bail application till February 3.

He was later granted bail at N100 million and ordered to produce two sureties at N50 million each.

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