The former Governor of Anambra State, Peter Obi, has reportedly denied commenting on the invitation by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC). According to him, he is yet to receive any invitation from them.
The former Governor stated this in reaction to unconfirmed reports that he had responded to the EFCC invitation, and asked them to make the investigation public.
Valentine Obienyem (spokesperson to Peter Obi), disclosed this in a communique signed by the former Governor, on Monday, 18th October, 2021.
According to him, Obi is yet to receive the invitation letter from the EFCC. He added that, from what is circulating, the letter appears to have been sent to an office the former Governor is no longer part of, and is yet to reach him. “Peter Obi, being a law-abiding Nigerian, will honour all legitimate invitations from government agencies at all times," he said.
Recall that, the first series of the Pandora Papers project led by the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists, (which is based on the leak of some 11.9 million documents from 14 financial services companies around the world), had reportedly disclosed how the former Governor failed to declare assets he kept in tax havens.
Reports gathered that, in 2010, Peter Obi set up his first discreet company in the British Virgin Island, named the company "Gabriella Investments Limited," after his daughter, and contracted Acces International, a secrecy enabler in Monaco, France, to help him incorporate an offshore entity in one of the world’s most notorious tax havens noted for providing conduits for the wealthy and privileged corrupt political elites to hide stolen cash.
He was also said to have been a director of Next International (UK) Limited for 14 months after becoming the governor of Anambra state, thereby breaking section 6 of the Code of Conduct Bureau and Tribunal Act, which stipulates that "public office holders cannot engage in or direct a private business, except if it is farming."
Following the release of the report, the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), summoned Peter Obi for questioning.
There was however, an unconfirmed report that Obi responded to the EFCC invitation, and asked them to make the investigation public.
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