Exclusive: Nigerian army captain who owns more than 10 luxury cars threatens and forces landlords in Kaduna community to sell him houses
Some landlords in Babban Saura area of Kaduna state have accused Captain Sahabi Mohammed, a Nigerian army officer currently serving in Ilorin, Kwara state, of making several threats and for forcing them to sell their houses to him.
The owners of the house revealed that many of them gave in to the army captain’s demands for fear of being persecuted by him given his position and influence in the army.
But despite reporting the situation to various government agencies including the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) since 2020, nothing has been done to tame Mohammed’s excesses, they said.
According to them, the army captain had taken over most of the houses on Sale Street in Kaduna Metropolis, Kaduna State, while trying to forcibly acquire more properties in the area.
“He wanted to buy a house near his house recently but the woman who owns the house told him that she would not sell it to him. He threatened her and told her that if she did not sell him the house, everything could Before she realized what was happening and moved her things out of the place, the army officer brought in bulldozers to demolish the house.
“How can a young captain in the army own so many houses and cars in addition to money? This is nonsense,” a landowner in the area told SaharaReporters on Thursday.
Revealing that Captain Mohammed’s source of wealth was dubious, another landlord in the area, who spoke to SaharaReporters, wondered how the army officer earned money to buy 10 cars from luxury including late model Lexus, Mercedes Sports Utility Vehicle, Mercedes GLK, Mercedes E350, power bike and several other expensive automobiles.
“Recently, one of his neighbors noticed two SUVs unloading three bags and in the process one fell out and money spilled out of it. When the soldier realized that the neighbor had seen the huge amount of money in the bag, he immediately told him to name his price, that he wanted to buy his house.
“We don’t know how much he eventually paid, but the soldier forced the man to sell him the house and made sure he left the community. This is how powerful the soldier is and he continued this style to intimidate and blackmail landlords into selling their homes to him,” said another community landlord.
Criticizing the EFCC, army authorities and other government agencies for doing nothing about Mohammed’s authoritarianism despite receiving petitions from members of the Kaduna community, another landlord in the area revealed that he was worried and afraid of what might happen to the houses in the community. if the army captain was not immediately checked.
“We have petitioned the EFCC since August 2020 and copied the Nigerian Defense Headquarters, State House, Aso Villa, Abuja and Department of State Services Headquarters without any action being taken on the matter.
“We wonder why the authorities remained silent on the activities of Captain Mohammed and how he threatened every homeowner near his property in Kaduna.
“The authorities must act quickly on this issue before things get out of hand,” said an official in Babban Saura neighborhood in Kaduna.
Calls and a text message about the matter sent to the army captain’s mobile number offered by a property owner in the area had yet to be answered at the time of this report.
Moreover, calls made by SaharaReporters to the director of public relations of the army, Onyema Nwachukwu, on the issue have not been answered or returned.
An SMS also sent to his mobile line had not yet received a response at the time of filing this report.