FCT minister asks IGP to investigate alleged N35b fraud

The Minister of Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Senator Bala Mohammed, has urged the Inspector General of Police (IGP), Mohammed Abubakar, to investigate an online media allegation that two of his children had stashed away the sum of N35b in two Nigerian banks as well as owing an offshore account.

The minister, who reacted to the allegation Friday in Abuja, described it as nothing but criminal fabrications by the authors, noting that he has no son called Ibrahim contrary to the claim of the online publication.

  An online media had last week alleged that two children of the minister, whose names it gave as Ibrahim and Shamushdeen, stashed away a staggering N35 billion in Unity Bank and United Bank For Africa (UBA) Plc as well as an unnamed offshore account.

But the minister, in a petition to the IGP, called for a thorough investigation of the allegations with a threat to sue the media organisation if the investigation proved contrary to her claims.

  Mohammed, while denying the allegation, insisted that his children have no domestic or offshore account with Unity Bank or UBA. 

He urged the police boss to prevail on the media organisation to disclose the full identities of the ‘Ibrahim’ and ‘Shamushdeen’ it referred to in her reports so that people would be better informed.

 “They should also be made to provide credible evidence of the bank account numbers to enable you carry out your investigation. I am insisting on these processes to prove my family’s innocence even though I know that the publishers have nothing to buttress their claims because the information upon which their stories were predicated is totally false, malicious and unsubstantiated,” the minister stressed.

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