Businessman claims ownership of sealed off property in Kano by EFCC

(L-R) One of the sealed property and Alhaji Tanimu Inusa

A businessman based in Kano, Alhaji Tanimu Inusa, has claimed ownership of the property sealed off by the operatives of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, in Kano state.

Operatives of the anti-graft agency earlier in the week sealed off over 20 choice properties in Kano, allegedly linked to Brigadier-General Jafaru Mohammed, the Director of Finance and Admin in the Office of the National Security Adviser (ONSA).

Counsel to the businessman, Barr. Sagir Gezawa, said the properties belong to his client, and that he acquired them long before recent transactions allegedly linked to Brig,-Gen. Mohammed.

He said some of the sealed properties have also been sold off by the businessman years back.

The lawyer said there was no court order directing the seizure of properties as they were never subjects of any litigation.

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“Alhaji Tanimu is a businessman who earlier engaged in the business of commodity and general provisions at the famous Singer Market in Kano before he ventured into property development business which he formalized by registering Tasaf General Merchandise Ltd in January 2009.

”He has been running such business successfully and established a very good reputation in that regard, especially in Kano, both in his personal name and the name of the company to the extent that he can actually lose count on the number of properties he developed and sold as well as layouts he developed from large farmlands into plots.

”It was while he was at one of the properties, he was developing in Kano along Gidado Road on Friday the 3rd day of April 2020 when operatives of the EFCC stormed the premises with armed policemen and arrested him. He was taken to the Kano Zonal Office of the commission and was later detained

”The following morning being Saturday the 4th day of April 2020, Alhaji Tanimu was taken almost round Kano State the whole day where his residence and office were both searched and some properties belonging to a company called Atlasfield Integrated Limited were also visited.

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“Even though up to that moment nobody informed him precisely what his offence was but according to him, he was asked several questions about the acquisition of certain properties made by Atlasfield Integrated Limited and his relationship with the company. It was in that respect that he has so far made several statements to the Commission both while in detention and even after he was released on bail, but all the questions revolved around his relationship with Atlasfield.

“Alhaji Tanimu informed officers of the EFCC about his relationship with one General Aminu Kano Maude who is now late whom he met about 4 years ago as a result of certain properties he purchased from him or through him as an agent,” Mr Gezawa said.

The lawyer also said all the over 20 properties marked in Kano on Tuesday were owned by Mr Inusa.

“The titles of all the properties either bears his name Tanimu Abdullahi or his company Tasaf General Merchandise Ltd.

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“The company was registered in January 2009 and it has been in business since then, while Atlasfield Integrated Limited, which is the subject of this investigation was registered in 2016.

“One of the properties marked today is his personal residence which he acquired in 2009, and his office, which was also marked today, was acquired in 2011 — that is about five to seven years before Atlastfield was registered.

“It is surprising that among the properties marked, there are ones he sold years ago,” Mr Gezawa added.

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