|The Yashi’s building located in Madeira Street, Maitama|
In a way which depicts corruption among the aides of the FCT Minister, Senator Bala Mohammed, the issue of illegal land deals has been going within the FCT’s Minister’s office like a vicious recurring decimal which has no end. As gathered by universlareporters.info this land illegal land deals has continued to trail the Federal Capital Territory Minister, Senator Bala Mohammed and his aides.
There are many of such cases involving the FCT Minister’s Aides in illegal land deals, a case in question is the one involving Rodney Odili-obi, the Managing Director of the Procurement Services Nigeria Limited and the Federal Character Commission who is at the moment engulfed in what may be termed as the fiercest war he has ever waged in his life as he battle to recover the sum of N10million, he paid to one Shehu Musa Kollere, a staff of Federal character commission at the instance of some aides of the FCT Minister, Senator Bala Mohammed.
Rodney’s claims are contained in two different letters written to the Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC and the Executive Chairman, Federal character commission, FCC which was made available to universalreporters.info
In the letter signed by Joshua Ezebialu on behalf of Fountain Advocate Chambers, Legal Counsel to Mr. Rodney, which was dated May, 15 2013, with the title; “Immediate refund of the sum of N10, 000,000.00(Ten Million Naira) obtained under false pretence from Procurement services Nigeria Limited on the 7th of January, 2013 in the premises of Federal Character commission Abuja”
Ezebialu whose signature was appended on the letter claimed that Shehu Musa Kollere, of the department of public affairs and communication, Federal Character commission personally impersonated the Honourable Minister of the Federal capital Territory to obtain by false pretence , the sum of N10 million, for assignment of 3(three houses at Kado District Abuja.
According to Ezebialu in his letter; “prior to 7th of January, 2013 several meetings were held at your instance, at the premises of the Federal Character Commission with our client Directors in the presence of witnesses’’
Moreso, the Copy of the petition with the photocopy of the Fidelity Bank Plc, cheque attached paid to Shehu Musa Kollere on the 7th of January was sent to the Chairman of the Economic and crimes commission, EFCC, and acknowledged by the ant-graft agency the receipt of the petition on the 17, May 2013.
According to Ezebialu in his letter said trouble started months ago as he added; “my client waited for months to no avail only for Shehu Musa Kollere to re-appear; this time, requesting for more money on the instruction of the Honourable minister, Senator Bala Mohammed and contrary to his undertaking. This bold face by Kollere generated strong suspicion by my client to probe into the person behind this ongoing fraud. The outcome was alarming because the Honourable minister of the Federal Capital was impersonated by one Engineer Sulieman, using other personal aides of the FCT Minister, Senator Bala Mohammed and fronting for Shehu Musa Kollere to defraud unsuspecting Nigerians including our client” He stated in his petition.
However, is a known fact that Senator Bala Mohammed, the FCT minister and his aides are not strange to scandals; for instance it was gathered from sources within the FCT Ministry, that prior to his being relieved of his job as Chief of Staff to the Minister, Musa Umar Yashi, a personal friend to the minister was indicted in many illegal land deals in the FCT.
Apart from the over N2.5 billion property owned by Yashi which is situated at 36 Maidera crescent Maitama, Abuja universlareporters.info also learnt that at the time of his removal from office, investigation has revealed that over N7 billion was traced to his personal account domiciled in Access Bank, before he was sacked on July,2 2012.
However, this medium gathered that it is not only Yashi that is involved in this alleged illegal deals, also fingered in the land scam is another of Senator Bala Mohammed’s aide, one Umar Shayi, who was until now the Special Assistant to Senator Bala Mohammed on Domestic Matters.
Our source also said that; “so powerful was Shayi, that he is the first person to see the Minister when he wakes from bed, and he is the last to see him. He determine who the Minister should see and screen the list of visitors to the Minister’s office”
Owing to his undue influence, it is also learnt that prospective land owners became victims of land scam. For instance, just two years of Bala’s appointment as Minister of Federal Capital Territory, and Umar Shayi as Special Assistant, Umar‘s influence has spread to Bauchi, where he became a proud owner of Aulad Fillings Station and another Filling Station located along the Bauchi-Jos Expressway.
Not done with the ones the two Filling Stations he has already in his kitty, more proceeds grasped from the different land deals which was initiated from the office of the Minister of FCT and carried out by Umar was allegedly used for the construction of two additional fillings station in Miri village, a suburb of Bauchi metropolis