The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) is set to arraign the Bauchi State Governor-elect, Senator Bala Mohammed before the FCT High Court, Maitama in Abuja, Nigeria’s capital.
Naija News report that the Bauchi state Governor-elect will appear before the court on Monday on a six-count charge bordering on alleged failure to declare his assets and false information, among others.
This was contained in a piece of information sent by the registrar of the court to the EFCC Director of Legal Services and Prosecution, Chile Okoroma.
The information noted that Mohammed will be arraigned in Court 26 at the FCT High Court, Maitama in Abuja.
“He will be arraigned on six counts bordering on false declaration of assets and giving false information to the EFCC. There are some properties he bought which he did not disclose to the EFCC but were discovered. The details will be unveiled when the charges will be read to him. A renowned legal practitioner and the EFCC counsel, Wahab Shittu, has been assigned to prosecute Bala Mohammed, before a new judge,” a source in the commission told The Punch.
Count five of the charges to be read to the accused reads, “That you Bala A. Mohammed on or about October 24, 2016 at the head office of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission in Abuja within the judicial division of the High Court of the Federal Capital Territory made a false statement to the detective, Ishaya Dauda, investigating officer with the Economic Governance Section of the EFCC, Abuja to wit: that you acquired house situate at No. 2599 and 2600, Cadastal Zone AO4 Asokoro District Abuja through a mortgage facility from Aso Savings & Loan Bank Plc and you thereby committed an offence contrary to Section 09 (2) (a) of the EFCC (Establishment) Act 2004 and punishable under Section 39(2)(b) of the same Act.”
Mohammed is also the candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the governorship election in the state where he pulled a total of 6,376 votes to defeat his closest counterpart of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Nigeria’s ruling party, Muhammed Abubakar, who is the incumbent governor and polled 5,117 votes.
Naija News recalls that APC’s Abubakar had earlier filed a suit at the Election Petition Tribunal to challenge the victory of the PDP’s Mohammed in the governorship election in the state.