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EFCC prosecution witness owns Kaduna hotel ‘wrongly linked to Dasuki’


Rayyan Alhassan
Rayyan Alhassan is a 30-year-old graduate of Journalism and Mass Communication at Sikkim Manipal University, Ghana. He is the acting Managing Editor at the Daily Nigerian newspaper, a position he has held for the past 3 years. He can be reached via [email protected], or, or @Rayyan88 on Twitter.
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A prosecution witness of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, Salisu Shuaibu, is the alleged owner of the Halal Fountain Hotel (Annex), in Kaduna State.

Checks by PRNigeria revealed that the hotel was sealed off by EFCC after Shuaibu, a former Director of Finance in the Office of the National Security Adviser, ONSA was arrested and arraigned in Court in 2015 over alleged fraudulent activities at ONSA.

In a surprise twist of events, the anti-graft agency dropped all corruptions charges against Mr Shuaibu in 2016 and presented him as its prosecution witness to testify against retired Col. Sambo Dasuki, the immediate-past National Security Adviser, NSA and others, on the alleged arm frauds.

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The EFCC Zonal Head in Kaduna, Sanusi Abdullahi, was recently credited to have said that the hotel facility, allegedly linked to Mr Dasuki, is presently being used by officials of the agency, and staff on transfer to Kaduna.

Speaking to PRNigeria, Mr Dasuki denied ownership of the hotel.

“I am surprised they are still lying against me after claiming that I have properties in Dubai and foreign countries. Please, I don’t own the hotel,” Mr Dasuki said.

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An operative of EFCC also refuted ownership link former NSA. The staff, who does not want his name in print, said the anti-corruption agency did not seize and convert the property into its own personal use.

The operative said: “It is mischievous for an official of the EFCC to claim that Dasuki has a hotel when there is no any document in the agency’s possession relating to that. It is even against the service rules to convert such properties to personal use of its officers.”

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When contacted, the EFCC spokesperson, Mr Wilson Uwujaren denied issuing any official statement alleging that the immediate-past NSA, owned the Kaduna hotel.

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Recalled that the Court of Appeal in Abuja, last December, set aside the indictments delivered against Mr Dasuki, in a judgment of the Federal High Court in Abuja which convicted and sentenced a former spokesperson of the Peoples Democratic Party, Olisa Metuh, for money laundering.

A three-man panel led by Justice Stephen Adah held in a unanimous judgment, said that the Federal High Court made damaging comments against Mr Dasuki without giving him a fair hearing.

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