*Asset declaration and other charges proferred
Federal Government on Thursday arraigned a federal civil servant, Mr. Ibrahim Tumsah and his brother, Mr. Tijani Tumsah, before the Federal High Court in Abuja with failure to declare their assets to the Chief Okoi Obono-Obla-led Special Presidential Investigation Panel on the Recovery of Public Property.
Ibrahim is the Director of Finance and Account in the Federal Ministry of Power, Works, and Housing, while his brother, Tijani, is a member of the Presidential Committee on North East Initiative and a former Interim National
Secretary of the All Progressives Congress (APC).
The Federal Government had on 18th January, 2018 filed a suit marked FHC/ABJ/CR/4/2018 containing two counts of failure of the defendants to declare their assets “without reasonable excuse and upon the notice to declare” them before the panel.
Earlier on 6th December, 2017, Justice Muawiyah Idris of the High Court of the Federal Capital Territory in Apo, Abuja, had ordered hat 86 luxury vehicles together with four houses and a quarry plant in Abuja, all of which the panel allegedly seized from the two defendants.
The seized 86 vehicles, 23 of which were said to be armoured, are all brand new. The court’s forfeiture orders also affected four houses, two of which were located in Wuse II, one in Wuse Zone 7 and the other in Jabi, all in Abuja.
The two brothers pleaded not guilty to the two counts when read to them before Justice Nnamdi Dimgba of the Federal High Court in Abuja on Thursday.
The offences were said to be contrary to and punishable under section 3(3)(1)(a) of the Recovery of Public Property (Special Provision) Act 2004.
Their lawyers, Abdul Mohammed (for Ibrahim) and Kehinde Ogunwumiju (SAN) (for Tijani), applied for their clients’ bail.
The prosecuting counsel, Mr. Festus Keyamo (SAN), did not oppose the bail application.
The judge subsequently granted bail to the two defendants by adopting the bail conditions agreed upon by the prosecution and the defence.
Part of the conditions was a bail sum of N20million.
Super rich ‘evil’ servants: The super civil servant, one in a million in Abuja, Mr Ibrahim Musa Tumsah, is reputedly richer than four northern states combined. Avalanche of facts in both pictorial and documented evidences revealed that all the years that Tumsah has been serving in Ministry of Power Works and Housing as Director of Finance and Accounts (DFA) were simply to amass the general wealth of the nation to himself and family.
We can report authoritatively that the Director who earn less than N500,000 a month has properties splashed all over Abuja, Kaduna and Yobe where he comes from, using his name, brother, children and wives to acquire them.
Some of his multi billion Naira properties discovered are:
- A quarry plant located in Kuje, Abuja.
- Apartment located at No. 34, Euphrates Street, Wuse 2, Abuja.
- Apartment located at No. 27, Cairo Crescent, Wuse 2, Abuja.
- Twin Duplexes located at No. 5, Sirasso Crescent, Wuse Zone 7, Abuja.
- Two houses located at FCDA Quarters, No. 4, Alexandra Street, Wuse 2, Abuja.
- A leather manufacturing factory located at No. 22, I.T Igbani Street, Jabi, Abuja.
- An egg crates manufacturing factory located at Kakuri Makera, Kaduna.
- A large farm located along Biu-Damaturu Road (Gujba) in Yobe State.
- A gigantic mansion at Degel-Gobarau Road, Kaduna.
Investigation states that Tumsah used two companies namely Rain Integrated Services Insurance Brokers Limited (RC: 1284097) and Rain Integrated Bureau De Change Limited (RC: 1106983) registered with the Corporate Affairs Commission but used his younger brother, Tijani Tumsah, as the front for the corruptly amassed companies and investments across the country so as to evade anti corruption and security agencies.
In one of the documents, we discovered that some of the Directors named on the face of Forms CAC 7 of the aforementioned companies are fictitious and do not exist anywhere in the world. As a matter of fact, Form CAC 7 of Rain Integrated Bureau De Change Limited was neither dated nor filed but fraudulently smuggled into the file of Corporate Affairs Commission as a mere cover up allegedly by one Barrister Patrick Lucas Uzum with Accreditation Number NBA/IND/14840.