Nigeria’s anti-graft agency, Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) is set to swing into action and arrest Nigerians named in the Panama Paper leaks with secret offshore companies.
So far, Nigerians named in the leak are embattled senate president, Bukola Saraki, Former Senate President David Mark, Saraki’s wife, Toyin, former Delta State Governor James Ibori, Mr. Laolu Saraki, Mr. Obi Asika, Olufela Ibidapo and former Defence Minister Gen. Yakubu Danjuma.
According to an EFCC source, the agency has obtained a copy of the leaked documents and are currently studying it.
“We are studying all the documents and definitely we will investigate the allegations against all the Nigerians implicated in the Panama Papers. These allegations may lead to further clues on whether or not public funds were used in acquiring some of these secret assets,” Punch quoted a source.
While Nigerians wait EFCC’s action, several anti-corruption groups have called for the resignation of Nigerians who hold public office and mentioned in the leak.
Also, in the Saraki family, Mrs Toyin saraki’s lawyers has disagreed with her husband over the ownership of the assets mentioned in the leak. While Mr Saraki said the assets mentioned in the leaked papers belong to his wife’s family, the lawyers said Mrs Saraki owns the assets alone.
It’s believed in some quarters that names of more Nigerians with secret offshore companies will be revealed in days to come.
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