The Independent Corrupt Practices and other related Offences Commission (ICPC) informed the general public that the investigative department has seized 220 flats, located in 20 estates, purportedly belonging to one Mr. Sanusi Mohammed, an ex-aide to the ex-Governor Isa Yuguda of Bauchi State.
A whistle-blower reported Mr. Sanusi Mohammed, a Senior Special Adviser on Special Duties to the ex-Governor of Bauchi State, Isa Yuguda to the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) about Mr. Sanusi Mohammed extravagant lifestyle.
The Economic and Financial Crime Commission (EFCC) swift into action and acted based on the whistle-blowing and carried out investigation into the allegation.
Surprisingly to the Economic and Financial Crime Commission (EFCC), the investigation department search review that several blocks of flats purported belong to Mr. Sanusi Mohammed spread over 19 estates, the search team discovered about 165 rounds of ammunition, a pump action rifle and other dangerous weapons in some of the flats lying, being and situates at Government Reserve Area (GRA), in Bauchi State.
One of the Economic and Financial Crime Commission (EFCC) undercover revealed to journalists that, “About 10 days ago, we received a tip-off from a whistle-blower about the lifestyle of one Sanusi Mohammed, a former aide to ex-Governor Isa Yuguda of Bauchi State.
“We traced 220 flats in 20 estates to him. The houses range from two-bedroom to three-bedroom flats. Inside some of the properties, we discovered four sophisticated guns with 165 rounds of ammunition, five exotic cars and 15 new air conditioners.
“We believe the air conditioners were donated to the Bauchi State Government by China.
“We also recovered some cash as well as 25 designer watches and 20 bales of brocade.”
Upon arrest of Mr. Sanusi Mohammed by the Independent Corrupt Practices and other related Offences Commission (ICPC) and subsequently interrogation and voluntary disclosure of facts relating to the properties, guns and satisfactorily answering the questions placed before him. He was later released on administrative bail.
Journalist at the scene called officials of the Independent Corrupt Practices and other related Offences Commission (ICPC) for confirmation as to the next step that will be taken against Mr. Sanusi Mohammed and the ex-Governor of Bauchi State.
The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) officials pleaded to remain anonymous, from the conversation journalist were told that spokesperson for the Independent Corrupt Practices and other related Offences Commission (ICPC), Mrs. Rasheedat Okoduwa, can be contacted. The spokesperson for the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) therefore obliged a journalist and said she could not speak on the matter.
She said, “According to the ICPC Act, we are not allowed to divulge details of investigation. I cannot deny or confirm any story. In any case, anyone who is under investigation is presumed innocent until proved otherwise.”
Prior before this recent discovering Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), was investigating Isa Yuguda on corrupt practices, the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) had sealed his multi-million naira mansion lying, being and situated at Kashim Ibrahim Street, Government Reserve Area, in Bauchi State.
The present administration of Bauchi State Government had endorsed a committee to carry out financial forensic audit of all major contracts awarded by the past administration of Isa Yuguda from June 2007 till May 2015 in the Bauchi State Universal Basic Education Board, Ministry of Local Government Affairs, Bauchi Specialist Hospitals, Ministries, Departments and Agencies, had, in January, asked Yuguda to account for over N212bn expended by his administration within the period under review. The sum of money estimated to worth more than N90 billion was alleged to have been siphoned into the hands of some loyalists to the ex-Governor Yuguda, permanent secretaries, commissioners and aides to the former governor.
Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) encouraged member of the public never to relent in the fight against corruption and that the whistle-blowing is helping the present administration in its fight against financial misappropriation and unlawful enrichment by some public officer.