The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has reportedly commenced investigations into the alleged tax evasion by some Nigerians named in the Pandora Papers.
According to reports making the round, the commission has already summoned a former governor of Anambra State, Peter Obi, for questioning over his alleged secret assets and financial deals exposed in the Pandora Papers.
Also mentioned in the report asides Obi and being probed are the acting Managing Director, Nigerian Ports Authority, Mohammed Bello-Koko; and a former minister and serving senator, Stella Oduah.
Others include Governor Abubakar Bagudu of Kebbi State, Governor Gboyega Oyetola of Osun State as well as his associates including former Lagos State Governor, Bola Tinubu, and Ogun State Governor Dapo Abiodun.
Also said to have engaged in offshore deals were the Children of a former National Security Adviser, Col. Sambo Dasuki (retd.).
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Pandora Papers is the biggest leak of 11.9 million documents from offshore services providers, detailing the secret offshore accounts of 35 world leaders, including current and former presidents, prime ministers, and heads of state as well as celebrities.
Obi was reported to have been asked by the EFCC to report at the agency’s Abuja headquarters on October 27 for questioning following revelations that he incorporated offshore holdings, which he did not declare to the Code of Conduct Bureau when he served as a governor, apart from allegedly operating foreign accounts and hiding his wealth in tax havens to evade taxes.
According to Premium Times, which has been publishing the Pandora Papers, Obi and others were being investigated for tax evasion.
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