Former longtime President Yahya Jammeh took millions from state funds to buy a sea front luxury hotel, Dunes Resort Hotel in Kololi, a former presidential aide revealed.
Jammeh used money from the Gambia National Petroleum Corporation account at the Guarantee Trust Bank to procure the hotel in his name.
Former Secretary to the Cabinet, Nuha Touray tendered a transaction document to a Commission probing Jammeh’s businesses and financial dealings but fell short of mentioning how much the property was bought.
The hotel has 24 suites, six premium bedrooms and 18 deluxe double rooms with sitting areas, massage service, 24-hour room service and serves à la carte dinners and buffets.
The hotel was not listed as one of Jammeh’s assets frozen by the Justice Department through a court order in May and additional properties seized in July.
The new government has accused Jammeh of massive fraud including siphoning off public money during his 22-year rule that ended in election defeat and disgraced exile in Equatorial Guinea in January.