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Panama Papers EFCC may probe Nigerians named in leaked documents

Nigerians who were named in the documents include former Delta State Governor, James Ibori, former Senate President, David Mark and wife of Senate President, Bukola Saraki, Toyin.

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The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) might probe Nigerians who have been linked with hidden offshore assets by the leaked Panama Papers.

Nigerians who were named in the documents include former Delta State Governor, James Ibori, former Senate President, David Mark and wife of Senate President, Bukola Saraki, Toyin.

“We are studying all the documents and definitely we will investigate the allegations against all the Nigerians implicated in the Panama Papers,” an EFCC source told The Nation.

“These allegations may lead to further clues on whether or not public funds were used in acquiring some of these secret assets,” the source added.

According to an investigative report compiled by the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists (ICIJ), Mossack Fonseca, the firm which was in possession of the leaked papers, was the registered agent of four offshore companies connected to Ibori, including Julex Foundation, of which Ibori and family members were beneficiaries.

Ibori named on Panama Papers

Mrs Toyin Saraki has been linked with three offshore companies, Girol Properties Ltd, Sandon Development Limited and Landfield International Developments Ltd.

David Mark, on the other hand, has been linked to at least eight active offshore shell companies registered in the British Virgin Islands, making him one of Nigeria’s most extensive users of such establishments.

The companies are Sikera Overseas S.A, Colsan Enterprises Limited, Goldwin Transworld Limited, Hartland Estates Limited, Marlin Holdings Limited, Medley Holdings Limited, Quetta Properties Limited and Centenary Holdings Limited.

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