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Court Grants Bala Mohammed Bail

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

Former Minister of the Federal Capital Territory, FCT, Bala Mohammed, has been granted bail by an FCT High Court.

Mohammed was remanded in Kuje Prison on Tuesday after he was arraigned before Justice Abubakar Talba on allegations of fraud and abuse of office during his time as FCT minister.

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, is accusing the former minister of, among other things, collecting gratification to the tune of N550 million while in office.

He was also accused of false declaration of assets.

Justice Talba granted Mohammed bail in the sum of N500m with two sureties in like sum, one of whom must be a Senator and the other a director in the Federal Civil Service.

Both sureties must have landed property in the FCT and show evidence of tax payment in the last three years.

The former minister was also ordered to deposit his passport with the Registrar of the court and will remain in prison custody until he has satisfied his bail conditions.

Mohammed’s son, Shamsudeen Bala, is also facing a N1.1 billion corruption case at the federal high court, Abuja.

He was granted bail at N100 million with two sureties at N50 million each, after spending time briefly at the Kuje prison.

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