EFCC withdraws corruption charges against former FCT minister

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The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, has withdrawn all five count charges the agency filed against a former minister.

EFCC had sued the former Minister of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Bala Mohammed for alleged corruption.

The charge marked CR/43/2016 was filed before the High Court of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) sitting in Gudu.

When the case came up yesterday before Justice Abubakar Talba, EFCC’s counsel, Mr Larry Peters, applied to withdraw the charges.

EFCC withdrew the charges on the grounds that the commission would like to put its house in order.

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Bala’s counsel, Chief Chris Uche (SAN), did not oppose the application.

Consequently, the charges were struck out by Justice Talba.The former minister had also filed a motion for bail.

The former minister had also filed a motion for bail. The former minister who was last week released on bail upon

The former minister who was last week released on bail upon a court order after weeks in custody.

Bala had stormed the courtroom with tens of relatives, well-wishers and sympathisers.

He was arrested and detained since October 24, 2016, when he went to honour an invitation by the commission.

He was arrested and detained since October 24, 2016, when he went to honour an invitation by the commission.

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Bala served as FCT minister under former President Goodluck Jonathan.

Bala was detained after a series of petitions were brought against him by individuals and groups since 2013.

A top EFFC said the former minister was confronted by EFCC operatives with evidence of sleaze and demanded answers from him.

It was learned that Mohammed’s trouble with the EFCC has to do with the controversial N1 trillion “Land Swap Program”.

Under the program, Bala’s administration traded large parcels of public land with select private individuals.