The Nigeria’s Code of Conduct Bureau (CCB) has expressed its preparedness to open investigations into the Pandora Papers revelations regarding prominent Nigerians who were accused of owning undeclared assets abroad.
TOS NEWS had reported that some prominent Nigerians were mentioned in the leaked Pandora Papers.
In a letter dated October 12, which was made available to newsmen, the bureau acknowledged the Pandora Papers project and “what it portends” as well as how the landmark global investigation led by the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists “has created ripples across the globe.”
The bureau then sought cooperation to facilitate its investigations and “where possible” prosecution of Nigerians involved.
About 151 media outlets including Nigeria’s Premium Times partnering in the ICIJ-led Pandora Papers project, exposed some Nigerian former and current governors, lawmakers, and other senior officials, including a judge, as having secret, usually suspicious, financial dealings tucked away in secrecy and tax havens.
“Consequent upon this and also noting your passion for the pursuit of integrity, accountability, and transparent society, the Bureau seeks to partner with you in the area of information sharing to enable it to investigate and where possible prosecute those found guilty at the Code of Conduct Tribunal.”
Past and current officials exposed in the ongoing Pandora Papers series include former Anambra State Governor and former Vice Presidential candidate of the opposition Peoples Democratic Party, Peter Obi; acting Managing Director of the Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA), Mohammed Bello-Koko; and former Minister of Aviation and serving senator, Stella Oduah.
Others are Governor Abubakar Bagudu of Kebbi State, Governor Gboyega Oyetola of Osun State as well as his associates, including former Lagos Bola Tinubu, and Ogun State Governor, Dapo Abiodun.
Also reported in the papers are the children of former NSA Sambo Dasuki and billionaire Leno Adesanya and a retired senior judge Stella Ogene, who secretly owned an undeclared company.
The CCB is the Nigerian public agency dealing with issues of corruption, conflict of interest, and abuse of office by public servants.