Investigation into the assets of retired Lieutenant-General Abdulrahman Dambazau, Nigeria’s Minister of Interior, led to the discovery that he and his wife own properties in the US and Abuja worth millions and billions of dollars and naira.
The source quoted two real estate consultants as saying that the properties traced to Dambazau in the US alone have an estimated value of over $3 million wondering how he got the money for such transactions.
“Our investigators found that the minister’s real estate holdings include an impressive and expensive and huge seven-bedroom house he purchased in Winchester, Massachusetts, a few miles outside of Boston” SaharaReporters stated.
“The property cost $1.99 million. Mr Dambazau’s massive 6,500 square feet home also boasts six bathrooms, an eat-in kitchen, an enclosed backyard, a front porch, central air conditioning, a spa bathtub in the master bedroom, a fireplace, and hardwood floors throughout,” Sahara Reporters said adding: “The master bedroom has a cathedral ceiling, double walk-in closet, linen closet, a spa-like tub, and a separate shower with three shower heads, and double sinks.”
The report said its investigation trails the public outrage that followed the alleged removal of the minister’s name from the list of serving and retired military officers recommended for further investigation by a presidential panel that investigated arms and equipment procurement fraud in the Nigerian armed forces between 2007 and 2015.
There had been reports that the minister’s name was removed from the list of those to be probed, but the government, through the information minister, Lai Mohammed, denied the this and maintained that the report was being influenced by some mischief makers.
The deed of ownership, the report said, showed that he bought the property on August 29, 2013 from the building firm for $1,990,000.
A further declaration of homestead form concerning the property, states: “We, Hadiza B. Dambazau and Abdulrahman Dambazau, are the owner(s) of the premises located at 109 Church Street Winchester, MA 01890, by virtue of a deed.”
The report said its investigation also revealed that: “Mr Dambazau sold the property to new buyers for $2 million on May 28, 2015—exactly one day before President Muhammadu Buhari was sworn in.
“The property sale document includes Mr Dambazau’s passport number A06275929 and is notarized by Amy Kornbluth, the vice consul of the US Embassy in Abuja.
“In addition to the home in Winchester, Mr Dambazau’s wife, Hadiza Dambazau, recently purchased a condominium in the city of Boston.
“The property is part of the Millennium Avery Condominium complex.
“Documents obtained by our investigators show that Mrs Dambazau has had the property in her name since its purchase on May 19, 2016.
“The deed states that the condominium was purchased for $892,000 and is unit #410 located at 580 Washington Street, Boston MA, 02111.
“Mr Dambazau also owns other assets and properties in Nigeria’s capital, Abuja.
“The assets are hard to explain, given the relative modesty of the salary earned by Nigerian military officers.
“The minister’s properties include Hajjar Plaza, an impressive building along Ahmadu Bello Way that contains numerous offices, and Lebrex Plaza, located in Utako, along Ajose Adeogun Street, which also has many shops and businesses.”
The report further stated that Dambazzau owns a huge real estate at 15 Dodoma Street, in Wuse Zone 6 in Abuja and that he often uses Mohammed Dauda, the chairman of Labrex International Ltd to make these purchases.
The report said the medium contacted Femi Adesina, presidential spokesman, but that he said he had no information concerning the issue.
Also contacted, Garba Shehu, another presidential spokesman, reportedly referred the reporter to an earlier statement from the presidency that President Muhammadu Buhari would not cover up or hide corrupt conduct by those in his government.
SaharaReporters said they contacted Dambazau, but he hung up on them.