The Chelsea Hotels Limited in Abuja, the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), yesterday denied links with the late Bayelsa State Governor Diepreye Alamieyeseigha over a N2.8 billion property, which the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) allegedly traced to him.
It said the popular hotel was the subject of a property transaction between the original owners, Patnasonic Industries Limited, and the Bayelsa State government.
In a statement by its Company Secretary/Legal Adviser, Mr. Cyprian Ogwumike, Chelsea Hotels Limited said: “In reaction to your news story, captioned: ‘Alamieyeseigha’s N2.8b Hotel Rots Away In Abuja’ and ‘This hotel named Chelsea’, we wish to state clearly that Chelsea Hotels Limited, doing business in Abuja as Chelsea Hotels, Abuja, has no link of any kind with the former Governor of Bayelsa State, Chief Alamieyeseigha, and he was never a shareholder of Chelsea Hotels Limited.
“The owners and founder of Chelsea Hotels, Chief Patrick Tobechukwu Chidolue, has never met or known the late Chief Alamieyeseigha.
“What is being referred to as Chelsea Hotel is only an empty building that was formerly managed by Chelsea Hotels Limited, and not the first-class hotel in operation by Chelsea Hotel management.
“Chief Chidolue is the founder and chairman of Chelsea Hotels and that Chelsea Hotels is operational in five locations in Nigeria.
“Chelsea Hotels, as a legal entity, was not incorporated or named by the former Governor of Bayelsa State, Chief Alamieyeseigha, and he was not and has never been a shareholder or director of Chelsea Hotels Limited, as the company records will confirm.
“Chelsea Hotels, which is herein being referred to in the publication, was the subject of a property sales between the original owners, Patnasonic Industries Limited, and the Bayelsa State government; the transaction is now a subject of litigation at the Federal High Court, Abuja, and the Court of Appeal, Lagos Division.
“More so, we hereby state clearly that there is no other Chelsea Hotels registered anywhere under the laws of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, except Chelsea Hotels Limited with RC No. 340941, and registered address as stated herein.”
“Chelsea Hotels is still a growing concern with booming records in hospitality industry with its records in the public domain.
“Our customers, at home and abroad, have been calling to find out about the true position of the hotel; some have called to sympathise with us that the EFCC had taken over our hotel. We have no issues with the EFCC, and there is no seal-off of our premises.”
A former EFCC Chairman, Mrs. Farida Waziri, on September 7, 2009, handed over the Chelsea Hotel in dispute to ex-Governor Timpreye Sylva in Abuja.
The hotel was seized from the first civilian governor of Bayelsa State, the late Alamieyeseigha