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Published On: Mon, May 6th, 2019

Anti-graft: Widow protests ‘unlawful forfeiture’ of property in Wuse

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By Stanley Onyekwere

A widow, Hajiya Aisha Abubakar, has cried over seemingly unending struggles to regain her property, purportedly wrongly mentioned among those of Sen. Bala Mohammed, former FCT Minister and listed for temporary forfeiture.
She said the plots in question, Plots 2070 and 2071, Cadastral Zone AO2, Wise Zone 3, near Tamara Guest Inn was listed in error by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) is when she was out of the country.
The troubled widow, who is MD/ CEO, Sam’s Engineering Ltd, lamented that staff of National Council for Arts and Culture (NCAC) allegedly forced her security men out of the site, and gained entry, vandalised her stores where equipment worth millions of Naira were kept.
While speaking in an interview with journalists in Abuja, she alleged that cables worth N30 million Naira that was yet to be installed has been stollen as they have been removed without her knowledge.
According to her, when she was contacted, she rushed home and met with the former FCT Minister who confirmed that he did not own that property.
She narrated that she contacted the Federal High Court, Abuja, presided by Hon. Justice G.O Kolawole to vaccate the order of temporary forfeiture on her property, only for staff of National Council of Arts and Culture, NCAC in company of security operatives forcefully entered her property and took possession.
“On April 5th this year, my gate men called me that armed policemen were were forcing themselves into my property. They confirmed to me on phone that they were already measuring portions of my property.
“They told me that they said that they were from NCAC and that they were given the property by EFCC. I have been building this property for seven to eight years and I have been going to China to buy equipment which have all been looted and vandalised.
“I then wrote to Otunba Runsewe, Director General, NCAC telling him that the property is mine and was wrongly listed as Sen. Bala Mohammed’s by the EFCC, he did not respond.
“While we were in court trying to vaccate the order, before the day of hearing, NCAC had forcefully gained entry. Cables worth N30 million have been stollen, my stores where valuable equipment were kept were broken into, some equipment vandalised and my gate pulled down,” she explained.
Meanwhile after a call to Tony Omokhuedo, S.A. Media to the EFCC Chairman without response, a text message to him was not responded to at the time of filling this report.
On the other hand, when the NCAC was contacted, an aide to the DG who pleaded not to be named said he was not aware of any theft of cables worth N30 million and vandalisation of property, but that “if you are talking about the property given to NCAC by the EFCC, at Wuse, go to the EFCC to confirm it.”
When contacted, Chas Nwa, PRO of NCAC, said ha was out of town and not aware of the issues, but needed time to return and check the files before he could respond appropriately.

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