Nigerians named in Panama, Paradise Papers may be under EFCC probe – Official

Nigerians named in Panama, Paradise Papers may be under EFCC probe – Official

Head, Technical Unit on Governance and Anti-Corruption Reforms (TUGAR) Lilian Ekeanyanwu, has said Nigerians named in Panama and Paradise Paper with secret assets in offshore companies may be under investigation by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission.

She stated this in Abuja on Tuesday September 11 at the International Conference on Combating Illicit Financial Flows and Enhancing Asset Recovery for Sustainable Development.

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The event was organized by the Presidential Advisory Committee Against Corruption, PACAC.

It seeks among others to proffer ways to improve sanctions and enforcement mechanisms for perpetrators of illicit financial lows and other acts of corruption; to improve international cooperation in enhancing asset recovery and asset return.

The two-day event was the second in its series, bringing economic and other experts from across the world.

Asked by human rights lawyer, Femi Falana to state the position of government on the status of Nigerians named in the Papers, she said: “Panana Papers and Paradise Papers, he used the word indicted. I beg to differ. Those publications raise suspicions and pointed fingers at certain Nigerian public officials, but I wouldn’t go as far as to say they were indicted.

“I’m going to put the responsibility, I saw the Director, Asset Management Deparment walking in while I was sitting here. He is in a better position to tell us if the EFCC is quietly investigating these public officials.

“I know in the past, we had criticized them for coming out to the media before they are ready, and allowing the suspect to escape. It is possible that they quietly trying to put their house in order, and at appropriate time, will formerly indict these officials. I agree with you, it is not something we should sweep under the carpet.”

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