PREMIUM TIMES to release names of 100 Nigerians, companies found in #PanamaPapers

Panama Papers
Panama Papers

PREMIUM TIMES will on Thursday make public the names of at least 100 Nigerians and companies so far identified in the leaked internal data of Panamanian law firm, Mossack Fonsecca, as operators of offshore shell companies in tax havens.

The names will contain top business persons, and politicians, including those currently holding public offices.

The publication will detail names of companies, their owners and the particular tax havens the offshore firms were incorporated or domiciled.

PREMIUM TIMES Editor-in-Chief, Dapo Olorunyomi, said the planned release of the names was in response to widespread and relentless request by the paper’s readers for more of the Nigerian characters in the infamous database, now globally known as #PanamaPapers.

Mr. Olorunyomi said the release of the names will not end the paper’s reporting on a matter that has shocked the world and has intensified campaign for global action against notorious tax havens helping corrupt individuals to hide ill-gotten assets and evade tax.

“Our team will keep digging into the database,” Mr. Olorunyomi said. “As more revelations become public, we will make them public.”

He praised the professionalism of the five-man team at the paper that has worked for months pouring through the data, extracting what is relevant for Nigeria and investigating the individuals and the companies identified to add context to the revelations.

“The way our young but immensely talented team has worked on the challenging project has continued to amaze me and to be honest, this company cannot reward them enough,” he said.

The #PanamaPapers series, which has run for more than a month now, has so far revealed how some Nigerian politicians, businessmen, a clergyman and relations of top government functionaries may have used offshore entities to conceal questionable wealth in tax havens around the world.

The Mossack Fonseca database, obtained by the German newspaper Süddeutsche Zeitung, and shared by the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists (ICIJ) with PREMIUM TIMES and over 100 other media partners in 82 countries show how several individuals around the world used shell companies domiciled in controversial tax havens in their business transactions.

The unprecedented year-long investigation involving 11.5 million secret documents – which stretch from 1977 to December 2015 – expose the hidden underground of the world economy, a network of banks, law firms and other middlemen that utilize shell companies, sometimes using them to hide illegal wealth.

The 2.6 TB files, involving 214,488 entities, also reveal hundreds of details about how former gun-runners, contractors and other members of the spy world use offshore companies for personal and private gain.

The investigation unveiled the cloak of secrecy provided by Mossack Fonseca, a Panamanian law firm that specializes in creating offshore companies, some of which have been used by con men and women to hide Ponzi schemes, predatory lending scams, and other financial frauds from their victims and from the authorities.


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  • amazing2012

    My best of paper the century !

    • Otile

      Cursed agent of Al-Qaeda,
      Bear in mind that the list will be sanitized. Don’t expect to see the names of some Fulani head cutters there, because the consequences will be ominous.

      • amazing2012

        I don’t have problem of the names on the list. Whoever that is found in the list let him be prosecuted if he is found guilty. You are one that have a bias mind and believed because TB Jushua is involved then the list should be treated softly.
        I did not see your comment on the rescued minister from Ogun state. In which I queried the absence of the names of the two arrested kidnappers and her silence on their names when narrating her ordeal in their hands.
        I instisted that the absence of this vital information is simply because they are Christians terrorists. If they were Fulanis, you and your mind would have recharge your internet to insult people. Christians cancer in Nigeria !

        • Otile

          Be honest now. I prayed hard for the release of the Honorable minister from Ogun while your colleague Abubakar tundemash praised and prayed for her kidnappers. Your fellow Islamists abused me for my fervent prayers. While I was in sorrow you Islamists were rejoicing. Don’t deny it.

  • OmoLasgidi

    Well done to your team …I will suggest the following:
    1. Name and shame every one of the Looters on the list
    2. Request from the FIRS how much tax they have paid
    3. Request for online petitions from Nigerians and submit to EFCC to probe them
    4. Create a website with all their financial atrocities, so Nigerians can sift through the details

    Please add more….

  • Gwazy

    This will be good. I’ll grab a seat with popcorn and zobo , while I peruse 🙂

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  • Otile

    Long live Biafra
    Long live Oduduwa Republic
    Long live the Islamic Republic of Arewa
    Death to those who oppose freedom fighters..

  • Factsay

    But it will be betraying the public if una publish some names and hide others.
    The whole data should be public so that public will help in bringing out every person involved. Am saying this bcoz even those working at premiumtimes could be bias and sentimental

    • Otile

      You don’t expect to see the names of certain Fulani head cutters there.

  • time for buhari to go is now

    The filtering of this Mossack Fonseca information by the corporate media under the directive of the CIA, follows a direct western governmental agenda to demonize all those in the black book of the USA and Europe– There is no mention at all of use of Mossack Fonseca by massive western corporations or western billionaires – the main customers. And the Guardian is quick to reassure that “much of the leaked material will remain private.”

    What do you expect? The leak is being managed by the grandly but laughably named “International Consortium of Investigative Journalists”, which is funded and organised entirely by the USA’s CIA led Center for Public Integrity. Their funders include

    Ford Foundation

    Carnegie Endowment

    Rockefeller Family Fund

    W K Kellogg Foundation

    Open Society Foundation (Soros)

    among many others. Do not expect a genuine expose of western capitalism. The dirty secrets of western corporations including Nigerian rogues in APC will remain unpublished until the CIA lift the ban on the likes of Buhari ati Tinubu.

    • Omo Akin

      Is you argument supposed to be a mere criticism of USA or a defense of involved Nigerians? Your red-herring is despicable. Everyone knows that Premium Times had been sifting through the papers and publishing only information involving Nigerians. I could care less whether CIA engineered the leak or whether USA citizens are left out; that is really USA problem. I am concerned about Nigerians who either stole money and hide it there or hide their wealth to cheat on paying tax.
      I saw your posts elsewhere too and it appears your are part of the corruption fighting back. Your trade mark is to bring in irrelevant argument designed to derail the issue at hand (red-herring).

      • Unbiased

        That’s fine as long as every corrupt person is given the same revelation and redicule… Until now, have only seen Ex/PDP stalwarts.

  • Paul Young

    If former governors amaechi, akpabio, uduaghan, fashola etc are not there is will not bother reading the list. This will be a real test of buhari’s anti-corruption stance. if any of his ministers are named they have to go

  • Unbiased

    All the release so far as been Ex/PDP stalwarts. Except it will be like this Regime Anti-Corruption crusade of indicting only opponent or perceive enemy… I hope Premiumtimes do a comprehensive work… There are too may rogues in Nigeria, Past and present, both in APC and PDP and the rest of society.

  • North/West Allies

    I can’t wait menn, current political office holder’s…hmmm I hope you include everyone. I am getting orgasm already …can’t wait to see who the criminals are ….we confiscate their house and business because they stole because it’s our money

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  • Mo

    Why the announcement? Just release it and please post the original papers (transcript) afterwards to enable interested bookworms to read and dig out names.
    I won’t be surprised to find all the names of past Nigerian leaders in there .Hausa, Yoruba, Ibo – There’s no racism or tribalism with corruption. Unfortunately corruption is the only things that unite our leaders!

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