Peter Obi has been invited to appear before investigators on October 27 at the EFCC agency’s Abuja headquarters.

The EFCC, Nigeria’s anti-corruption agency, has called Peter Obi, the former governor of Anambra State, for questioning in connection with his hidden and illegal offshore operations, as previously reported by PREMIUM TIMES in the continuing Pandora Papers Investigations.

This online news source also learned that this is the first known action by any Nigerian law enforcement entity since PREMIUM TIMES began probing prominent Nigerians engaged in offshore shenanigans exposed through the global Pandora Papers probe. According to sources familiar with the directive, the presidency has ordered that the Nigerians listed in the reports be probed.EFCC

Mr Obi was summoned by the EFCC last week and told to appear before investigators on October 27 at the agency’s Abuja headquarters.

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The invitation is linked to the discovery in the PPREMIUM TIMES Pandora Papers story, according to many sources.

According to the report, Mr Obi incorporated offshore interests that he did not disclose to the Code of Conduct Bureau while serving as a governor, and he continued to run his Next International UK Limited 14 months after taking office. He also continued to maintain a foreign account as a governor.

According to a source at the anti-graft agency, the revelations in the Pandora Papers just served as a lead for investigators, and “a multitude of issues” concerning Mr Obi and his offshore dealings are now being investigated.

Apart from Mr Obi, the names of acting NPA MD Mohammed Bello-Koko and former minister and serving senator Stella Oduah have been revealed as part of the PREMIUM TIMES’ ongoing Pandora Papers investigation.

Others included former Lagos Governor Bola Tinubu and Ogun State Governor Dapo Abiodun, as well as Kebbi State Governor Abubakar Bagudu and Osun State Governor Gboyega Oyetola. They also exposed former NSA Sambo Dasuki’s and billionaire Leno Adesanya’s children’s offshore ties.

President Muhammadu Buhari has directed competent law enforcement agencies, such as the EFCC, the Nigerian Financial Intelligence Unit, and the Code of Conduct Bureau, to investigate all Nigerians whose private, often shady practices were exposed in the Pandora Papers series.Efcc

The EFCC’s measures against Mr Obi are unclear in relation to Mr Buhari’s directive.

The anti-corruption agency’s investigation will include “all those reported with ties to the Pandora Papers,” according to a source.

“Its a continual progressive process,” the person said, requesting anonymity.

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