Residents Petition EFCC Over Diversion Of Funds On FG Property In Kaduna

From Lateef Taiwo

Some residents of Kaduna state have petitioned the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) over alleged encroachment, money laundering and diversion of funds from the Presidential Implementation Committee (PIC) on the sale of Federal Government houses in Kaduna Polytechnic.

The complainants who claimed to have being in the employment of the Kaduna Polytechnic for 25 years and 16 years respectively also alleged unlawful carved-out on their landed properties, having satisfied the requirements.

In the petition which was received by the Commission on the 9th May, 2024, as duly signed by the Commission, stated that the complainants, having been granted leasehold interest via letters of offer by the PIC on the alienation of the FG landed property, and which thereafter the complainants duly paid for are being trespassed by unknown people.

The solicitor to the complainants, Mamman Nasir & Co., in the petition disclosed that after capturing their fees in the offer made to his clients (the complainants), one Abdulrahman Tanko Usman and his associates opened another account asking the complainants to pay the sum of ten thousand naira and twenty thousand naira respectively as sketch fees.

This payment, according to the petition was not made to the Federal Government’s account, but rather paid into a personal account with the account details: 0009629971-Elisha Gimba Gimba domicile in Sterling Bank Plc.

Meanwhile, the petition further alleged that, part of the complainants properties were fraudulently and unlawfully carved out and sold to unknown persons without the consent and knowledge of the complainants.

The petition alleged further that the syndicates have opened a secret account in the name of Kaduna Polytechnic were some of the proceeds are deposited in, while the properties in question are Federal Government properties.

Also, the petitioners explained that along No 7, Dala Road, the said Abdulrahman Tanko Usman of works department, Kaduna Polytechnic and two others carved out over 60 per cent of the properties, and claiming ownership of about 40 plots of land allocated to themselves in Sabon-Tasha, despite possessing their respective properties.

One of the allegations was that letter of offer was forged and properties belonging to the Federal Government were converted into shops and sold to people at the rate of five million naira per shop.

Additionally, a complaint letter was written to the Commissioner of Police, Kaduna state Police Command dated 25th April, 2024, alleging that on the 20th of April, 2024, some unknown group of persons trespassed upon the complainants properties, disturbing the peace of the people and taking law into their hands.

The complainants therefore urged the EFCC and police to investigate the stated allegations as contained in the petition and the complaint letter, and do all that it required in the circumstances Government properties in Kaduna.

In his response to the allegations via a phone conversation, Abdulrahman Tanko Usman, said: “I am not in the position to respond to the allegations. Your questions should be directed to the management of the Kaduna Polytechnic, since the properties in question belongs to the Kaduna Polytechnic.”


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