Fathers, sons on trial: Bala Mohammed, son and the ‘N1.1 billion fraud

A former minister of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Bala Mohammed, was also charged for corruption, alongside his son, Shamsudeen.

From the inception of the President Muhammadu Buhari administration to date, a number of high profile politicians, retired military officers and public servants, have been put on trial for one corruption charge or the other. Some of the accused persons are being prosecuted by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) alongside their biological children. Recently, there were reports of the ostentatious lifestyles of the children of public officers, mostly flaunted in social media platforms. Below are some of the cases of sons of the public officials who allegedly helped their parents in emptying the public treasury.

Bala Mohammed and son

A former minister of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Bala Mohammed, was also charged for corruption, alongside his son, Shamsudeen.

Mohammed, a retired civil servant, came to national limelight when he served as special adviser to his estranged political associate, Malam Isa Yuguda, who was aviation minister during former President Obasanjo’s administration.

He was elected senator on the platform of the defunct All Nigeria Peoples Party (ANPP) in 2007. He was appointed minister by President Jonathan after the death of President Umaru Yar’adua. He was one of the heavyweight PDP politicians during the buildup to the 2015 elections.

The anti-graft agency had brought a five-count charge against him before the High Court of the FCT sitting in Gudu, but was later withdrawn. The former minister was arrested and detained last year when he went to honour an invitation by the commission.

His son, Shamsudeen, was arraigned before a Federal High Court, Abuja, over an alleged N1.1 billion fraud. He was arraigned with four other companies on a 15-count charge bordering on money laundering offence. The companies are Bird Trust Agro-Allied Limited, Intertrans Global Logistics Limited, Diakin Telecommunications Limited, and Bal-Vac Mining Nigeria Limited.

The Federal High Court, Maitama, Abuja, eventually granted the former minister’s son bail in the sum of N100 million. He was remanded in Kuje prison before he fulfilled the bail conditions. They all pleaded not guilty to the charges

Source: dailytrust.com.ng

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