Nigeria’s anti-corruption agency, the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has reportedly invited the former Anambra State Governor, Mr. Peter Obi.
Obi was summoned by the EFCC following his indictment in an offshore scandal exposed through the global Pandora Papers’ investigation.
It was learned that President Muhammadu Buhari has requested relevant law agencies, including the EFCC, Nigerian Financial Intelligence Unit, and the Code of Conduct Bureau to investigate all those exposed in the Pandora Papers series.
According to reports, Obi was invited in a letter addressed to him during the week and he had been asked to report at the agency’s headquarters in Abuja on October 27 for an investigation.
A source at the anti-graft agency said the Pandora Papers’ revelations only served as a lead for investigators and that “a number of issues” are now being investigated regarding Obi and his offshore dealings.
He added that “all persons reported with links to the Pandora Papers” will also be invited by the EFCC and will be investigated.
The source said the invitation and investigation is an ongoing gradual process that will take time.
Recall that Obi was accused of setting up companies with the use of fronts and was said to have hidden the companies and information about them from the Code of Conduct Bureau (CCB) when he served as a governor.
According to the Pandora Papers, Obi was indicted in a number of dealings that comprise money laundering and the establishment of companies with fronts in order to avoid detection by Nigerian authorities.