Code of Conduct Bureau (CCB) told to prosecute Peter Obi over Pandora Papers
Lawflex, a law firm based in Lagos, has asked the Code of Conduct Bureau (CCB) to prosecute Peter Obi, the Labour Party’s 2023 presidential candidate, for failing to declare his offshore holdings and their associated assets in the Pandora Papers exposé.
In a recent letter signed by Olukoya Ogungbeje and sent to the CCB, the firm alleged that Obi violated the code of conduct for Nigerian public officials and urged the Bureau to “act appropriately” by arraigning the former governor of Anambra State. According to the law firm, Obi violated the Code of Conduct for Nigerian Public Officers outlined in the Fifth Schedule of the 1999 Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria (As Amended).
Recall that an investigation conducted in 2021 revealed that, as governor, Obi continued to operate and maintain foreign accounts, including with Lloyds in the United Kingdom.
The former governor admitted that he did not declare these companies and the funds and properties they hold in his asset declaration filings with the CCB, the Nigerian government agency that deals with corruption, conflict of interest, and abuse of office.
The acting managing director of the Nigerian Ports Authority, Mohammed Bello-Koko; the former aviation minister, Stella Oduah; the former governor of Osun, Gboyega Oyetola; and his Kebbi State counterpart, Atiku Bagudu, are also implicated in similar offshore transactions. They have all denied any wrongdoing.
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