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Pandora Papers: I’m yet to receive letter from EFCC, says Peter Obi

A former governor of Anambra, Peter Obi has disclosed that he is yet to receive any invitation from the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC).

Leaked files, which were reportedly retrieved from 14 offshore service firms around the world and revealed in a Pandora Papers project led by the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists (ICIJ), and which Premium Times is a part of, had shown how the former governor failed to declare assets kept in tax havens.

Peter Obi 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 EFCC reportedly summoned Obi for questioning.

There were also unconfirmed reports that Obi had responded to the EFCC invitation, and asked the anti-graft agency to make the investigation public.

The former governor via a statement released on Monday by his spokesman, Valentine Obienyem denied commenting on the invitation by the EFCC.

According to Obienyem, Obi is yet to receive the letter from the EFCC.

“From what is circulating, the letter appears to have been sent to an office he is no longer part of and is yet to reach him,” the statement reads.

“Obi, being a law-abiding Nigerian, will honour all legitimate invitations from government agencies at all times.”

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