Is it part of the footing? It would be unusual to be able to see the footing in the basement unless it is a monolithic slab pour (even then, unusual).
My guess would be (and without pics its just a guess) is that the center of the house bears on steel with a post or two. The "Center Bearing Wall" is just a partition and the "footer" was formed as part of the slab pour and is not structural.
It is there for the reason Titanoman pointed out.
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