Nigeria’s Minister of Interior, Lieutenant-General Abdulrahman Dambazau (ret.) has been reported to own properties worth millions of dollars by SaharaReporters.
According to the online newspaper, two real estate consultants confirmed that the properties traced to Dambazau have an estimated value in excess of $3m in the U.S. alone.
The investigative news outlet reports that the minister’s alleged real estate holdings include an impressive, expensive and huge seven-bedroom house he purchased in Winchester, Massachusetts, a few miles outside of Boston which reportedly costs $1.99 million.
Dambazau’s alleged 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, according to the reports.
Dambazau’s name was alleged to have been removed from the list of serving, and retired military officers recommended for further investigation by a presidential panel investigating arms and equipment procurement fraud in the Nigerian armed forces between 2007 and 2015.
SaharaReporters obtained documents stating that Dambazau allegedly purchased the Winchester property shortly after it was built in 2013. According to the deed of ownership, he reportedly bought the property on August 29th, 2013 from the building firm for one million nine hundred and ninety thousand dollars ($1,990,000).
In addition to the deed of ownership, the Declaration of Homestead form that clearly 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.”
Investigations reportedly revealed that Dambazau sold the property to new buyers for $2 million on May 28th, 2015—exactly one day before President Muhammadu Buhari was sworn in.
The property sale document allegedly includes Mr. Dambazau’s passport number A06275929 and is notarized by Amy Kornbluth, the Vice Consul of the US Embassy in Abuja.
Dambazau’s wife, Hadiza Dambazau, is said to have recently purchased a condominium in the city of Boston.
According to reports, documents obtained show that Mrs. Dambazau has had the property in her name since its purchase on May 19th, 2016. The deed states that the condominium was purchased for $892,000 and is Unit #410 located at 580 Washington Street, Boston MA, 02111.