Saraki, Ibori, Messi, Others Named In Hidden Assets Leak

Saraki, Ibori, Messi, Others Named In Hidden Assets Leak


Senate President Bukola Saraki was battling yesterday to fend off what looked like a fresh allegation about his assets. He said he fully complied with the provisions of the law on declaration of assets by public officers.

The former Kwara State governor was reacting to the claim contained in the Panama Papers, a huge trove of documents by the offshore provider, Mossack Fonseca, and shared by the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists (ICIJ) that he failed to declare assets belonging to his wife, Mrs Toyin Saraki, in secret offshore territories.

He noted that he has in his various assets declarations included properties owned individually by himself and his wife.

Saraki is not the only prominent Nigerian named in the document. There are also former Delta State Governor James Ibori, Saraki’s brother Laolu, his associate Obi Asika and Olufela Ibidapo.

Russian President Vladimir Putin’s associates are named. So are South African President Jacob Zuma, soccer star Lionel Messi and son of former Ghanian President John Kufuor.


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