Former Director Implicates Former FCT Minister In Land Fraud Investigations; May Be Arrested
Former Director Implicates Former FCT Minister In Land Fraud Investigations; May Be Arrested Former Minister for the Federal Capital Territory, FCT, Mr. Bala Mohammed may be arrested over land fraud running into several billions committed during and after his administration, investigators have told Pointblanknews.com Investigators confirmed to Pointblanknews.com that the former FCT Minister and the embattled former Director of the Abuja Geographical Information Systems, Haji Jamila Tangaza signed documents for the approval and granting of land allocation, Right of Occupancy (R of O) and Certificate of Occupancy (C of O) months after they left office. Tangaza who was recently arrested, handcuffed and taken to the AGIS office in Abuja while Economic and Financial Crimes, EFCC officials searched her office, confirmed her fraudulent act to investigators. She is accused of allegedly diverting the sum of 150 million Naira. Sources told Pointblanknews.com, Tangaza, the former Executive Director in Charge of the lucrative AGIS, a close confidant of the former Minister, was strategically appointed to help allocate lands to cronies, relatives and friends of the Minister which they later sell for Billions of Naira. Pointblanknews.com confirmed from investigators that months after the Administration of former President Goodluck Jonathan, Mr. Mohammed and Tangaza, signed and issued several lands to several people and backdated the documents. “She is cooperating with us and has made useful information,” an investigator who does not want to be named told Pointblanknews.com. According to him, “one of the shocking part is her confession that months after the former Minister left office, she was still taken land papers to him to sign and backdate. We have retrieved some of the documents and moving on with the investigation.” An official of the AGIS who also spoke to Pointblanknews.com confirmed that for months, Staff members were urged by the former Minister through Ms. Tangaza to prepare land documents for allottees which were taken to the private residence of the former Minister to sign. “Yes files were taken to Hajia Tangaza who takes them to him to sign. We were shocked to know that he was still signing Government documents after he left office,” a staff in the AGIS office told pointblanknews.com Investigators are completing work of their findings and may arrest the former Minister over land scandals, fraud and other crimes committed under his leadership. Tangaza, who was a former Head of the Hausa Service Department of the British Broadcasting Commission, BBC, has since been released on bail awaiting trials.
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