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BREAKING: Court sends ex-president Gooduck Jonathan’s minister Bala Mohammed back to prison

BREAKING: Court sends ex-president Gooduck Jonathan’s minister Bala Mohammed back to prison

- Abuja High court has remanded former FCT minister Bala Mohammed in the Kuje Maximum Prison over allegations of fraud

- Mohammed was brought before a High Court of the FCT for failing to declare properties belonging to him and alleged involvement in the collection of gratification to the tune of N550 million

Bala Mohammed, a former minister of the Federal Capital Territory, was on Wednesday, May 10, remanded in the Kuje Maximum Prison over allegations of fraud, Premium Times reports.

Recall that Mohammed was arraigned by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) on a six-count charge for alleged abuse of office while he served as Minister of the FCT.

He was brought before a High Court of the FCT for failing to declare properties belonging to him.

He was also arraigned in court for his alleged involvement in the collection of gratification to the tune of N550 million while in office as minister.

Court sends ex-president Gooduck Jonathan’s minister Bala Mohammed back to prison

Court sends ex-president Gooduck Jonathan’s minister Bala Mohammed back to prison

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However, Mohammed pleaded not guilty to the charge.

But after taking his plea, the application for bail was heard and the presiding judge Abubakar Talba, who adjourned the matter till May 12 for ruling on the application for bail.

He ordered that the defendant be remanded in prison custody pending the determination of the bail application.

In December 2016, Mohammed was released after a month and half in EFCC’s detention.

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The former minister had voluntarily reported himself at the commission’s headquarter in Abuja on Monday, October 24.

He was detained the same day with Reuben Abati, a former spokesperson for ex-president Goodluck Jonathan. Abati was later released while Mohammed remained in custody.

However, five days later, he was re-arrested by the EFCC. Twelve properties belonging to him were later seized by the anti-graft agency.

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