#PanamaPapers: While holding public office, Andy Uba illegally holds asset in tax haven

Uba, former domestic assistant to ex-President Olusegun Obasanjo
Uba, former domestic assistant to ex-President Olusegun Obasanjo

In November 2004, Andy Nnamdi Uba was only a special assistant on domestic affairs to the then President Olusegun Obasanjo but he possibly had enormous wealth in his hands that he sought the services of the offshore handlers, Mossack Fonseca, to float for him an anonymous company, the type that are at times used to help the wealthy hide their assets from their home government and other authorities.

Anonymous companies are also used by tax evaders, drug cartels and arms traders to hide criminal activity and keep millions of people in poverty.

Leaked documents exclusively obtained by German newspaper, Süddeutsche Zeitung, and shared by the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists (ICIJ) with PREMIUM TIMES and other media organisations around the world, showed that Andy Uba, now a Senator of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, own a shell company by name Wentworth Properties Limited in the Republic of Seychelles, an infamous tax haven.

Andy Uba’s net worth was insignificant and almost peasantry before May 29, 1999 when Olusegun Obasanjo was sworn in as President. He later returned from his sojourn in the United States to be appointed a presidential aide.

He is believed to have become suddenly rich, running for governor in 2007, and then for senatorial position after his governorship election was annulled.

Mr. Uba’s offshore structure in the Seychelles was erected with the help of two women, Marta Edghill and Vianca Scott, believed to be his fronts.

Minutes of the first meeting of the board of directors of Wentworth Properties Ltd showed that the said meeting was held on November 3, 2004. The minutes said the two women constituted the totality of the board of directors.

Marta Edghill and Vianca Scott elected themselves President and Secretary of the company respectively.

The registered office of Wentworth Properties was stated in the minutes as Suite 13, First Floor, Oliaji Trade Centre, Francis Rachel Street, Victoria, Mahe, Republic of Seychelles. This is the office address of Mossack Fonseca office in the Seychelles.

To show that Wentworth Properties Limited was just a shell company without any physical characteristics, no office structure and without a personnel, not even a janitor, the minutes further stated that “it was resolved that the books, records and minutes of the company may be kept anywhere in the world.”

Finally, according to the minutes, the two women resolved that Mr. Uba be issued 4,950 shares with a par value of US$ 1,00 each and Mrs. Sederica Vedelago 50 shares with a par value of US$ 1,00.

It remains unclear what businesses Mr. Uba transacted with the company, which remains active till this day.

The senator declined to comment for this story. He did not answer or return multiple telephone calls made to him. He also did not reply a text message sent to him about 10 days ago.

Senator Uba and the Code of Conduct Law

Insiders at the Code of Conduct Bureau suggested the senator did not declare Wentworth and the properties it holds in the assets declaration forms he has so far filed with the Bureau.

Mr. Uba wouldn’t say if that is the case.

But if that is the case, the senator would have violated Nigeria’s Code of Conduct law and could be arraigned before the Code of Conduct Tribunal, a special court that tries public officers for any contravention of the Code of Conduct for Nigerian public officers as spelt out in the Fifth Schedule of the Nigerian constitution.

The Code of Conduct Bureau (CCB) and the Code of Conduct Tribunal (CCT) were established to enforce “a high standard of morality in the conduct of government business, and to ensure that the actions and behaviour of public officers conform to the highest standards of public morality and accountability.”

The senator could be charged for failing to declare the company and its associated assets and perhaps operating foreign accounts while being a public officer.

The offences violate sections of the Fifth Schedule of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria 1999, as amended.


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  • Spoken word

    This country has continuously been fleeced by its citizens.

  • ???

    HOW DO WE KNOW IF ANDY UBA WAS HIMSELF A FRONT FOR SOMEONE ELSE HIGH UP IN GOVERNMENT?

    • Bigtin

      Gbam!

      • Bigtin

        Senior Special Assistant(Domestic Affairs)1999-2007.

        • Osato Osasere

          No, Na SENIOR SPECIAL SERVANT, ABI NA SLAVE SELF. HA! HA! HA! Naija I hail O’ !!!!!!!!! They are criminals. They enslave us and yet we celebrate them. That’s the big problem.

          • Bigtin

            So painful but the truth is out …..that free us from this gangsters and rogues in government!

          • Osato Osasere

            Our fate is in our own hands

    • deansmart

      Uba is an adult let him speak for himself. Don’t be his vuvuzuela . people should stop deffeding corrupt individuals in our society

  • TAWANDA INCOMMUNICADO

    Andy has always been a front for an old farmer who doubles as a statesman…that is no secret. The farmer is an old family friend of the Uba clan and unleashed the brothers on Anambra in his quest to politically control the SE. Andy is also the proxy holding oil blocs for the old ugly farmer.

    Andy is a hardened corrupt politician and will not implicate the old farmer but Andy must be investigated and charged like Bukola ASAP !!

    • Bigtin

      Gbam! A tip of the iceberg if you know what is out there.

    • Höly Wähala

      The Ota Gorilla… I hate cowards who play around with words. Andy is a puppet on leash to the Gorilla. Shikena!

      • TAWANDA INCOMMUNICADO

        Ok ooo !! Man ‘o’ man ….das is lustig !!

        Ich bin kein feiglin.

      • Gugurus Ekpa

        Wahala,

        LOl. Everyday you keep showing us how much of a Jonathanian that you are. Why were you pretending all along that you were not a Jonathanian? You have turned into the spokes person for the e-rats you once attacked. LOL.

  • truth is bitter

    Fantastically corrupt Bokohari contested elections from 1999 – 2015 and each time he never submitted his certificate for sighting as required by the same 1999 constitution. Isn’t that a violation? Or is violation of the useless Nigerian constitution only recognized when an Igbo or Niger Deltan violates it?

    This is fantastically biased reporting.

  • KBE

    After oil who want to buy any other product or goods from a fantastically corrupt nation tha has only rival in Afghanistan. How will you diversity this economy now? Goods export from Nigeria now bears a caveat “Beware you may be buying a fantastic fraud” (because this is from Nigeria the most corrupt nation on planet earth as confirmed by the Nigerian president Buhari). It is always advisable to think before speaking and not the other way round.

  • SAVE Niger Delta

    The people of Niger Delta are suffering. There is poverty in the region and the environment remains the most polluted oil producing region in the world. The people cannot and do not have anything to show for the wealth on their land but deprivation, neglect, hostility from both Nigerian military and the polluted environment. The people can no longer farm their land and can no longer fish in their rivers and streams. Birds no longer fly in the skies of communities like Bodo and some parts of Brass due to oil pollution and/or gas flaring by the various environmental terrorist oil companies and the so called NLG ( Liquefied Natural Gas) company. Whereas, the politicians in Nigeria feed fat from the sweat of the Niger Delta. It is 1year on and Buhari has not visited the Niger Delta to see the rot. Who will save the Niger Delta from extinction? Pollution is killing us here. Our beaches are black and filled with spilled oil but our politicians and Senators who earn almost $2m annually don’t care because they have enough to go to the beaches in Brazil and Panama for holidays and banking of their stolen loot.

    Who will save the Niger Delta people? Who will build infrastructure and amenities in the region? How long can the oppression of the people of the Niger Delta continue? This evil and oppression is becoming irresistible.

    • IZON Redeemer

      Mr. Tesler began planning the bribe payments in 1994 and transferred small amounts of money through Switzerland in July 1996. But by 2003, his role had escalated under the rule of Obasanjo.

      In one brazen episode in the Nigerian capital, Abuja, Tesler directed the drop-off of a travel bag stuffed with $1 million in $100 bills in the foyer of a luxury hotel where the per-night cost of a suite can exceed the nation’s average annual income of $3,000. It was one of at least 20 money transfers that Tesler made or directed. The cash was destined for Nigeria’s ruling party via the state-owned oil and gas company, the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC), according to an official Nigerian report.

      Months later, in April 2003, the governing party under Obasanjo who is a mentor to Buhari the current visionless government of Nigeria scored an overwhelming victory in an election marred by vote rigging, fraud and violence that killed at least 100 people. Yet Obasanjo is not under any investigation by Buhari–Those who are beiong intimidated are the Ijaws from the creeks of the Niger delta by Buhari and his cohorts–in Nigeria

  • CIA work–yank it off

    Washington is behind the recently released offshore revelations known as the Panama Papers, WikiLeaks has claimed, saying that the attack was “produced” to target certain countries in Africa and the Russia and President Putin.

    The US OCCRP can do good work, but for the US govt to directly fund the #PanamaPapers attack on Putin and othert world leaders except the ones in the USA—seriously undermines its integrity. Did tinubu not operate 17 bank accounts abroad while still governor-of Lagos State?—What about Buhari—who has a House in London—-and all his kids school abroad————-Let him show us if he has closed all his accounts in London——————-Most especially in London-Animals

  • separation is the answer

    The people of Niger Delta are suffering. There is poverty in the region and the environment remains the most polluted oil producing region in the world. The people cannot and do not have anything to show for the wealth on their land but deprivation, neglect, hostility from both Nigerian military and the polluted environment. The people can no longer farm their land and can no longer fish in their rivers and streams. Birds no longer fly in the skies of communities like Bodo and some parts of Brass due to oil pollution and/or gas flaring by the various environmental terrorist oil companies and the so called NLG ( Liquefied Natural Gas) company. Whereas, the politicians in Nigeria feed fat from the sweat of the Niger Delta. It is 1year on and Buhari has not visited the Niger Delta to see the rot. Who will save the Niger Delta from extinction? Pollution is killing us here. Our beaches are black and filled with spilled oil but our politicians and Senators who earn almost $2m annually don’t care because they have enough to go to the beaches in Brazil and Panama for holidays and banking of their stolen loot.

    Who will save the Niger Delta people? Who will build infrastructure and amenities in the region? How long can the oppression of the people of the Niger Delta continue? This evil and oppression is becoming irresistible. By STND

    • Alison Oyibo

      Everybody is the architect of his own misfortune!
      For six years, your kith and kin ruled the country. Blame me and his harem of ministresses and other cohorts for neglecting to improve your region.
      Your region collects more of the national wealth than any othe region in Nigeria.
      Blame Alams and James Ibori for donating your wealth to those foreign banks etc.
      Your people welcomed Alams into the country as a hero after stealling your money and using it to buy toys for his cohorts.
      Finaly, blame yourself for refusing t take your rulers to task.
      You have had all the opportunities in this world.
      What did you do with it?

      • Osato Osasere

        Alison, you have spoken well. African leaders are waiting for Chinese and Oyibo(EUROPEANS AND AMERICANS) to develop their various countries. Nigerians and Niger Delta people are waiting for others to come develop their communities. For years Asari Dokubo, Tompolo and the other Niger Delta criminals where making billions, they abandoned their communities and started living in five star hotels in Abuja. Asari even said his companies and schools were in Republic of Benin. Like I always say, even if Nigeria is broken up in Family units, Nigeria will never develop. For Nigeria to develop, Nigeria must be ruled by Nigerians. Those ruling us today are not Nigerians, or Ijaws or Yurobas or Hausas or Binis or Ibos. They are self serving criminals who play on our gullibility and use the concept of ethnic marginalisation as step stools to rise to the corridors of powers only for the fattening of their pockets and bank accounts. THEY ARE NOT LEADERS, BUT CRIMINALS WHO DESERVE TO BE LEACHED AND PUBLICALLY LYNCHED, BEHEADED, OR SHOT WITH ANTI AIRCRAFT MISSILES AND THEIR BODY PARTS LEFT FOR VULTURES FOR THEY ARE TOO CORRUPT FOR EVEN A PIECE OF BURIAL PLACE IN OUR GREAT NATION NIGERIA. LONG LIVE NIGERIA!!! AND MAY GOD BLESS US AND BOLDEN US TO BE ABLE TO HOLD OUR CRIMINAL RULERS ACCOUNTABLE FOR THEIR EVIL IRRESPECTIVE OF ETHNIC COLOURATION.

    • Rommel

      Where are all the thousands of people who were sent to acquire skills under the amnesty program? what have you done with,NDDC,Ministry of Niger delta and 13% derivation? what have your people done with all the monthly payments they were receiving under the last administration? if you can answer these questions,then you will find the answers you are looking for

      • IZON Redeemer

        The question u as an Ibo man should have asked the Fulanis is what they have been doing with 87 percent of my crude oil revenue since 1960—?————The oil bearing SS——use to be part of the South East under Zik—Show us the things that Zik did with funds from ACB which Zik stole to better the lot of his people—-IN THE SOUTH EAST———Now u ask that we account FOR 13 percent derivation which was implemented 2003—after series of court hearings———with Obasanjo who refused to pay the Oil bearing south south the 13 percent derivation–YET NIGERIA STARTED THE EXPORT OF OIL IN 1960-U have never asked the EAST that refused to share revenue from cocoa with any part of Nigeria–why they are taking out of our oil revenue–?———-Besides NNDC is under the control of the Ibos –Yorubas and Fulanis—————Niger delta Ministry is under the watcfual eyes——of the Fulanis—————–The amnesty scheme did not benefit Ijaws———–It was hijacked by the powers that be among the Tripod–They are the beneficiaries of the project—-and not Ijaws—-Lagos state was designated a special area for focused development–with the resources of the Nigeri delta———not with cocoa–Animals–

  • Rommel

    Mr Uba is a firm believer in the corruption enterprise in Nigeria so no surprises here,these are the people that gave Nigeria the reputation of fantastically corrupt,who can recall what this man has contributed in the senate ever since he became a senator,I have listened to him comment on certain issues and his reasoning is not different from those of a primary school cert holder,it is clear that these are tragic times of Nigeria.

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    • IZON Redeemer

      Sadly u are an Ibo man with no conscience–if he is a firm believer in corruption what about the Yorubas and Fulanis-? Was tinubu not caught with drugs in the USA-? Again-did Tinubu not go on trial for operatin 17 bank accounts abroad-?-What about the main thief himself—Buhari–was he not alleged to have stolen 2.8b from the oil revenue of the SS—————————–Is Amaechi on trial—————————————–what about Dangote–ati Fashola and———Fayemi and Prof Yakubu of INEC-ANIMALS

      • Rommel

        NDI IGBO do not celebrate criminality,we are not proud of criminals, other people can be I don’t care,we have morals

  • IZON Redeemer

    The people of Niger Delta are suffering. There is poverty in the region and the environment remains the most polluted oil producing region in the world. The people cannot and do not have anything to show for the wealth on their land but deprivation, neglect, hostility from both Nigerian military and the polluted environment. The people can no longer farm their land and can no longer fish in their rivers and streams. Birds no longer fly in the skies of communities like Bodo and some parts of Brass due to oil pollution and/or gas flaring by the various environmental terrorist oil companies and the so called NLG ( Liquefied Natural Gas) company. Whereas, the politicians in Nigeria feed fat from the sweat of the Niger Delta. It is 1year on and Buhari has not visited the Niger Delta to see the rot. Who will save the Niger Delta from extinction? Pollution is killing us here. Our beaches are black and filled with spilled oil but our politicians and Senators who earn almost $2m annually don’t care because they have enough to go to the beaches in Brazil and Panama for holidays and banking of their stolen loot.

    Who will save the Niger Delta people? Who will build infrastructure and amenities in the region? How long can the oppression of the people of the Niger Delta continue? This evil and oppression is becoming irresistible. By STND

  • Osato Osasere

    African leaders are waiting for Chinese and Oyibo(EUROPEANS AND AMERICANS) to develop their various African countries. Nigerians and Niger Delta people are waiting for others to come develop their communities. For years Asari Dokubo, Tompolo and the other Niger Delta criminals where making billions, they abandoned their communities and started living in five star hotels in Abuja. Asari even said his companies and schools were in Republic of Benin. Like I always say, even if Nigeria is broken up in Family units, Nigeria will never develop. For Nigeria to develop, Nigeria must be ruled by Nigerians. Those ruling us today are not Nigerians, or Ijaws or Yurobas or Hausas or Binis or Ibos. They are self serving criminals who play on our gullibility and use the concept of ethnic marginalisation as step stools to rise to the corridors of powers only for the fattening of their pockets and bank accounts. THEY ARE NOT LEADERS, BUT CRIMINALS WHO DESERVE TO BE LEACHED AND PUBLICALLY LYNCHED, BEHEADED, OR SHOT WITH ANTI AIRCRAFT MISSILES AND THEIR BODY PARTS LEFT FOR VULTURES FOR THEY ARE TOO CORRUPT FOR EVEN A PIECE OF BURIAL PLACE IN OUR GREAT NATION NIGERIA. LONG LIVE NIGERIA!!! AND MAY GOD BLESS US AND BOLDEN US TO BE ABLE TO HOLD OUR CRIMINAL RULERS ACCOUNTABLE FOR THEIR EVIL IRRESPECTIVE OF ETHNIC COLOURATION.