Ade Adesomoju, Abuja
A former Senate President, David Mark, has backtracked on his promise to appear before the Federal Government’s Special Presidential Investigation Panel for Recovery of Public Property over an allegation that he owns some offshore companies.
It was learnt that instead of appearing before the panel, Mark filed a suit to challenge the legality of the panel.
A source familiar with the 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 this followed an investigation conducted by the national intelligence agency in collaboration with the SPIPRPP.
Our correspondent gathered that the investigation followed a revelation in Panama Papers allegedly linking Mark and other top Nigerians and political leaders around the world to some companies and other assets held offshore.
The International Consortium of Investigative Journalists released the Panama Papers