The former governor of Anambra State, Peter Obi, whose secret, illegal, and inappropriate chain of business was exposed by PREMIUM TIMES has been demanded to be seen for questioning by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), Nigeria’s anti-corruption agency.
It is the first known action by the Nigerian anti graft agency, since the newspaper started reporting influential Nigerians involved in offshore shenanigans exposed through the global Pandora Papers investigation.
The presidency has directed that Nigerians exposed in the reports be investigated, those with knowledge of the directive have told this paper.
From the Intel, INTEL REGION gathered, we understand that the EFCC communicated the invitation to Mr Obi during the week and he has been asked to report at the agency’s Abuja headquarters on October 27 to face investigators.
However, a source at the anti-graft agency, told premium times that the Pandora Papers revelations only served as a lead for investigators and that “a number of issues” are now being investigated regarding Mr Obi and his offshore dealings.
It is not clear, what these dealings are
We understand, that, Mr. President, President Muhammadu Buhari has authorized relevant law agencies, including the EFCC, Nigerian Financial Intelligence Unit, and the Code of Conduct Bureau to investigate all Nigerians whose secret, many times suspicious, dealings were exposed in Pandora Papers series.
It is still cloudy, if the EFCC’s action on Mr. Obi is connected to Mr. President directives
From the INTEL, INTEL REGION gathered we learnt through Premium times that:
A source said the anti-graft agency’s investigations would be extended to “all persons reported with links to the Pandora Papers.”
“It is an ongoing, gradual process,” the source said, asking not to be identified.