Court sends ex-FCT minister, Bala Mohammed to Kuje prisons


By Toyin Akinfolajimi

An Abuja high court sitting in Gudu on Wednesday issued an order to remand former Minister of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Senator Bala Mohammed, in prison till Friday.

The trial judge, Justice Abubakar Talba gave the remand order after the former minister entered a plea of not guilty to a six-count charge of false declaration of assets and corruption involving N864m preferred against him.

He would remain in Kuje Prison pending the determination of his bail application.

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) had arraigned Justice Talba before the Federal Capital Territory High Court on a six-count charge bordering on abuse of office, false declaration of assets and fraud to the tune of N864 million.

Counsel to Mohammed, Chief Chris Uche (SAN), immediately moved an application for his client’s bail which was opposed by prosecution counsel, Ben Ikani.

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Arguing the bail application, Uche prayed the court to grant Mohammed bail on self-recognition.

Meanwhile, Justice Talba adjourned the matter till Friday, May 12 for ruling on the bail application and ordered that the former minister be remanded at Kuje prisons till the determination of his application.