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EFCC Invites Peter Obi For Questioning About Pandora Papers

EFCC Invites Peter Obi For Questioning About Pandora Papers 

Obi was recently accused of laundering public funds and evading taxes by using shell companies in tax havens.

By Omotayo Olutekunbi

Following an investigation report tying him to a worldwide tax evasion scandal and illicit offshore activities, the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has summoned Peter Obi, the former governor of Anambra State, for interrogation.

Obi was allegedly summoned to the agency’s Abuja headquarters on October 27 to confront investigators.

Following the presidency’s demand that Nigerians revealed in the worldwide Pandora Papers probe be examined, the former governor is the first to be called by the EFCC.

According to Premium Times, the investigation found how Obi incorporated offshore interests that he failed to declare to the Code of Conduct Bureau while governor of Anambra state.

Obi was also said to have continued to manage his Next International UK Limited 14 months after becoming a governor, as well as a foreign account.

According to the investigation, the ex-governor utilized shell firms formed in tax havens to launder state funds and avoid paying taxes.

These acts, which were kept hidden until the report, are in violation of Nigeria’s public official code of conduct. Obi, on the other hand, continues to deny any misconduct, claiming that he is not guilty as accused.

Apart from Obi, the Pandora Papers investigations have tied acting NPA MD Mohammed Bello-Koko and former minister and serving senator Stella Oduah to offshore transactions.

Governor Abubakar Bagudu of Kebbi State, Governor Gboyega Oyetola of Osun State, and his friends, including former Lagos State Governor Bola Tinubu and Governor Dapo Abiodun of Ogun State, were among the others.

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