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Friday, 14 December 2018

Federal Government Begins Probe of David Mark's Offshore Accounts

The Federal Government, through its Special Presidential Investigation Panel for Recovery of Public Property, has started investigation into the ownership of some offshore companies allegedly linked to a former President of the Senate, Senator David Mark.

Reports say the investigation followed a prior investigation conducted by the National Intelligence Agency in collaboration with the SPIPRPP.

It was gathered that the investigation was informed by the revelation in Panama Papers linking Mark and other top Nigerian former and serving public office holders as well as prominent business and political leaders around the world to some companies and other assets held offshore.

The International Consortium of Investigative Journalists released the Panama Papers containing details of financial and lawyer-client information for hundreds of thousands of offshore entities in May 2016.

A source familiar with Mark’s case told our correspondent that “the former Senate President was invited for questioning by the SPIPRPP in respect of 20 companies in British Virgin Island and other tax havens.”

It was learnt that Mark was originally invited to appear before the panel for questioning on December 11.

The ex-Senate President wrote a letter dated December 11, 2018 to the panel indicating his readiness to appear for the planned probe.

Punch

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