Old ash of Bala Mohammed’s corruption erupts again
*Used Federal Character Commission to commit the crime
*Fidelity Bank, Minister’s crime partners, mentioned again
Like a nasty recurring decimal, the shady land deals undertaken under his administration as FCT Minister has continued to dog Senator Bala Mohammed and his aides.
Rodney Odili-Obi, the Managing Director of Procurement Services Nigeria Limited wants their N10million, paid to Shehu Musa Kollere, a staff of Federal Character Commission, at the prompt of some aides of the minister, Senator Bala Mohammed paid back.
His claims are contained in two separate letters to the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) and the Executive Chairman, Federal Character Commission, made avalaible to www.gongnews.net
In the supporting document to the latest letter signed by Joshua Ezebialu, from the Fountain Advocate Chambers, dated May, 15 2013, entitled “Immediate refund of the sum of N10,000,000.00 (Ten Million Naira) obtained under false pretence from Procurement Services Nigeria Limited on the 7th of January, 2013 in the premises of Federal Character Commission Abuja”
Ezebialu claimed that Shehu Musa Kollere, of the department of public affairs and communication, Federal Character Commission personally impersonated the Honourable Minister of the Federal capital Territory to obtain by false pretence , the sum of N10m, for assignment of 3 (three) houses at Kado District Abuja.
According to Ezebialu, “prior to 7th of January, 2013 several meetings were held at your instance, at the premises of the Federal Character Commission with our client’s Directors in the presence of witnesses’’
Copy of the petition with the photocopy of the Fidelity Bank Plc cheque paid to Shehu Musa Kollere on the 7th of January was sent to the Chairman of the Economic and Crimes Commission (EFCC) the anti-graft agency’s acknowledgement of the receipt of the petition on the 17th May 2013 was sighted.
Indeed trouble started several months according to Ezebialu, when “my client waited for months to no avail only for Shehu Musa Kollere to re-appear; this time, requesting for more money on the instruction of the Honourable minister, Senator Bala Mohammed and contrary to his undertaking. This new face by Kollere generated strong suspicion by my client to probe
into the person behind this on going fraud. The out come was alarming because the Honourable minister of the Federal Capital was impersonated by one Engineer Suleiman, using other personal aides of the Senator Bala Mohammed and fronting for Shehu Musa Kollere to defraud unsuspecting Nigerians including our client” he stated in his petition.
Senator Bala Mohammed, the FCT minister, is not strange to scandals; in fact before he was relieved of his appointment as Chief of staff to the minister, Musa Umar Yashi, a personal friend to the minister was indicted in many land deals in the FCT. Apart from the over N2.5 billion property , located at Maidera crescent, which was traced to him, at the time of his removal from office, investigation has revealed that over N7billion Naira was traced to his personal account at Access Bank, before he was sacked on 2nd July 2012.
Also fingered in the land scam is Umar Shayi, the Special Assistant to Bala Mohammed on domestic matters.
According to our source, “so powerful was Shayi, that he is the first person to see the minister when he wakes from bed and he is the last to see him. He determined who the minister should see and screens the list of visitors to the ministers office”
For his influence prospective land owners became victims of land scams. Within two years of Bala’s appointment as Minister of Federal Capital Territory and Umar as Special Assistant, his influence spread to Bauchi, where he became a proud owner of Aulad Filling station and another fillings station along the Bauchi-Jos expressway.
The proceeds realised from the various land deals initiated from the office of the Minister of FCT and executed by Umar was allegedly used for the construction of two additional fillings station in Miri village, a suburb of Bauchi metropolis
IN-Fidelity Bank of Nigeria exposed!
Tomorrow: How the bank’s managers were caught stealing clients monies. As well as Fidelity, SURE-P and Jigawa’s N3billion, all the dirty details revealed plus:
Wednesday: How Fidelity Bank, unlike its name, acted against the laws of the land to help a minister pilfer daily N10million through multiple withdrawals by the minister’s aides. We have all the documentary evidences. It’s a must read. Questions arising: Will the EFCC refuse to prosecute the bank in the face of these damning facts? We want to experiment the change agenda of this administration. The minister must be tried alone without the bank that aided and abetted the crime for which he is being tried.