Pandora Papers: CACOL Petitions ICPC

…Urges Anti-Graft Commission To Investigate Atiku, Obi, Stella Oduah, Others 

The Centre for Anti-Corruption and Open Leadership, CACOL, has petitioned the Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Commission, ICPC, to investigate the governor of Kebbi State, Atiku Bagudu, Former Governor of Anambra, Peter Obi, Senator Stella Oduah and others who have been exposed by the Pandora Papers with the view to prosecute them if there’s ‘prima facie’ case is established. 

CACOL In a petition signed by its chairman, Comrade Debo Adeniran to the ICPC chairman, said, “ Since its release on October 3, 2021, Nigerians have read in awe details of financial transactions and practices of politicians and influential individuals that exploit and, in some cases, violate and undermine extant financial guidelines and policies and threaten our corporate existence and collective wellbeing.

“To this end, we hereby call for urgent investigation of some of the politicians, former and serving public officials, including Governor Abubakar Atiku Bagudu of Kebbi State, former PDP Vice-presidential candidate and former Governor of Anambra State, Peter Obi, APC chieftain, Senator Stella Oduah, among others.

“Sir, you will recall that the earlier leaks i.e. Panama Papers and the Paradise papers led to significant protests across the globe and the fall of governments, dismissal of officials, criminal investigations, and asset confiscations. Unfortunately, both have had minimal impact in Nigeria as many of those indicted in the two papers are still moving around as they were not brought to account especially the likes of Dr. Bukola Saraki, Former Senate President and others despite our unrelenting demand that they should be investigated.

CACOL, as you are aware, is an aggregate of human rights, community based and civil society organizations and individuals with an anti-corruption and openness in governance agenda across Nigeria. It is a non-political, non-religious, non-sectarian, non-profit organization.

“Sir, we are encouraged to submit this petition to you based on our resolve to always expose any corrupt act(s) being perpetrated by anyone either in public or private sphere.”

Below is the full text of the petition 

Monday, October 18, 2021.

The Chairman,                             

Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Commission,

Plot 802, Constitution Avenue,

Zone A9,

Central Area,

Abuja, Nigeria.

THROUGH:

Lagos State Office

10, Okotie Eboh Street,
South-West Ikoyi,

 Lagos State.

Dear Sir,

PETITION ASKING ICPC TO INVESTIGATE AND POSSIBLY PROSECUTE THOSE MENTIONED IN THE PANDORA PAPERS REVELATION.

With the highest regard to you and your office, The Centre for Anti-Corruption and Open Leadership (CACOL) hereby petitioned your office to investigate and possibly prosecute those mentioned in the recent Pandora Papers revelation.

The Pandora Papers is one of the biggest ever corruption leaks led by International Consortium of Investigative Journalists ICIJ and over 600 journalists from 117 countries, including Journalists from Nigeria’s Premium Times Center for Investigative Journalists (PTCIJ). 

Following the pattern of two previous leaks (i.e., the Panama Papers and Paradise Papers, which were released in 2016 and 2017, respectively), the Pandora Papers exposes systems and jurisdictions that enable and abet crime, corruption, and wrongdoing by politicians, billionaires, influential individuals, and their enablers globally.

Since its release on October 3, 2021, Nigerians have read in awe details of financial transactions and practices of politicians and influential individuals that exploit and, in some cases, violate and undermine extant financial guidelines and policies and threaten our corporate existence and collective wellbeing.

To this end, we hereby call for urgent investigation of some of the politicians, former and serving public officials, including Governor Abubakar Atiku Bagudu of Kebbi State, former PDP Vice-presidential candidate and former Governor of Anambra State, Peter Obi, APC chieftain, Senator Stella Oduah, among others.

Sir, you will recall that the earlier leaks i.e. Panama Papers and the Paradise papers led to significant protests across the globe and the fall of governments, dismissal of officials, criminal investigations, and asset confiscations. Unfortunately, both have had minimal impact in Nigeria as many of those indicted in the two papers are still moving around as they were not brought to account especially the likes of Dr. Bukola Saraki, Former Senate President and others despite our unrelenting demand that they should be investigated.

CACOL, as you are aware, is an aggregate of human rights, community based and civil society organizations and individuals with an anti-corruption and openness in governance agenda across Nigeria. It is a non-political, non-religious, non-sectarian, non-profit organization.

Sir, we are encouraged to submit this petition to you based on our resolve to always expose any corrupt act(s) being perpetrated by anyone either in public or private sphere. 

Moreover, this petition is directed at your good offices, knowing that statutorily, it is the primary responsibility of Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Commission to investigate and prosecute this kind of cases and we have no doubt that you will do due diligence in carrying out this assignment for public good.

We are thanking you for your anticipated cooperation, detailed investigation and diligent prosecution if need be.

We would also urge you to please keep us posted about the progress being made on the case from time to time.

Yours in service to humanity.

Debo Adeniran

Chairman, CACOL

08037194969,

dadnig@yahoo.com

cacolc@yahoo.com

www.deboadeniran.com

cc:

Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC)

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