Alhaji Nasiru Haladu Danu, a senior member of the All Progressives Congress who defrauded the Nigerian government of billions of naira, has fled to Dubai, United Arab Emirates, to avoid being investigated.
Danu and some top officials of the Nigeria Customs Service diverted over N51 billion meant to boost the agency’s revenue, according to SaharaReporters.
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According to a source, the fraud, which involves the NCS Comptroller General, Col Hameed Ali (rtd), was dubbed “Revenue Assurance Fraud” by some agency officials.
Danu is a signatory to a foundation owned by President Buhari’s daughter, according to another source.
“Alhaji Nasiru Haladu Danu and some top Customs operatives shared N51 billion. A total of N2.5 billion was transferred from the fund to a foundation run by President Muhammadu Buhari’s daughter.
“Since the scandal broke, Comptroller General Hameed Ali has kept a low profile. One of the sources said, “They have him by the vice grip.”
Danu, according to SaharaReporters, flew to Dubai on a private jet the day the storey was published.
The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has also begun an investigation into the fraudulent act, according to reports.
The case, which was handled directly by the new EFCC chairman, Abdulrasheed Bawa, prior to his appointment, also involved the Minister of Water Resources, Suleiman Hussein Adamu, whose personal account was linked to some of the fraudulent transactions.
Danu and Adamu are both from Jigawa.
“As the investigation widens, two of President Muhammadu Buhari’s daughters, Halima and Nana-Hadiza, who are board members of a Buhari Support Organization led by Danu, have also been implicated,” the source added.
Danu made headlines in 2019 when he was arrested for an alleged passport scam and money laundering at Heathrow Airport in the United Kingdom.
According to SaharaReporters, Dan Amana Dutse was apprehended with a fake Malta passport and more than £200,000.00 in cash.
According to sources, the £200,000.00 that Danu was carrying to give to someone in the UK was most likely meant for Aisha Buhari, who was in London at the time.
Casiva, his flagship company, was named among the 15 consortia/companies awarded the 2019/2020 contracts by the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation, NNPC, for the exchange of crude oil for imported petroleum products.
Danu’s firm was also awarded a contract for pipeline security and maintenance services along the Kaduna-Kano and Zaria-Gusau segments in 2016.