Hajiya Aisha Abubakar has approached a court for an order to stop the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), from taking over a property she claimed belongs to her.
Also joined in the suit, is Otunba Olusegun Runsewe, Director General of National Council for Arts and Culture (NCAC), as instituted by the plaintiff.
In the originating summon, Aisha had claimed that the EFCC and Mr. Runsewe have allegedly connived and encroached on her building without authorisation.
She further alleged that the duo have demolished the fencing of the building and carted away valuables worth millions of naira.
The case which is before Justice T.J Soho of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) High Court, is slated for continuation of hearing on May 6, 2019.
It was however gathered that the property in contention is standing on a plot of land in an area initially designated as ‘Green Area’, to which the NCAC claimed it had been annexed to it by Federal Capital Development Agency (FCDA).
But Aisha Abubakar through Shehu Shewei, her media Consultant, insisted that the land was allocated to her by the Senator Bala Mohammed’s administration as FCT minister.
She further posited that “the land had been officially converted from a ‘Green Area’ to either personal occupation or business purposes were completed before it was allocated to me”.
“We were surprise to wake up one morning to learn that the fencing of the building had been pulled down on the orders of the EFCC.
“This to us is shocking because the legal contest with regards to the ownership of the plot has yet to be disposed off, but the EFCC, which should ordinarily be law abiding took this bizarre steps.
“They took away a container-load of assortment of building materials and other valuables. I’m not even sure Magu authorised the action” she queried.
Officials of both EFCC and NCAC could not state their side of the dispute. An official of the anti-graft agency simply told our Correspondent thus: “I’m not the media officer of the EFCC”.
He nonetheless would not volunteer any information on how to connect with the EFCC spokesman. However, eventually our Correspondent reached the media officer through his GSM phone, but he did not respond to either call or text message sent.
Meanwhile, machine response on NCAC spokesman’s mobile phone, indicated it was switched off, as at the time of filing this report.