Panama Papers: David Mark backtracks on plan to appear before presidential investigation panel

Panama Papers: David Mark backtracks on plan to appear before presidential investigation panel

- David Mark has refused to appear before the Presidential investigation panel

- The former Senate president is accused of owning properties offshore and was invited for questioning

- However, Mark has challenged the legality of the panel in court

Former Senate president, David Mark, has challenged the legality of the investigation done by the federal government’s Special Presidential Investigation Panel for Recovery of Public Property (SPIPRPP) against him.

The Punch reports that Mark filed a suit to challenge the legality of the panel.

The former Senate president reportedly backtracked on his promise to appear before the SPIPRPP over allegation that he owns some offshore companies.

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Sources said “the former Senate President was invited for questioning by the SPIPRPP in respect of 20 companies in British Virgin Island and other tax havens.”

This investigation was reportedly carried out by the national intelligence agency in collaboration with the SPIPRPP after “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 former Senate president was first invited to appear before the Panel in December, 2018 but in a letter through his lawyer, Ken Ikonne, Mark pleaded for it to be postponed citing health reasons.

Recall that Mark is being probed by the panel over the alleged ownership of some offshore companies.

Investigation was prompted by the revelation in Panama Papers which allegedly linked Mark and some other political leaders around the world to some companies and other assets held offshore.

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A source said the former Senate president had been invited for questioning in respect of his alleged ownership 20 companies in British Virgin Island and other tax havens.

Reports have emerged that Mark was originally invited to appear before the panel for questioning on December 11, 2018, but the former Senate president was said to have sent a letter through his lawyers to the panel pleading for the rescheduling of the questioning to December 21, 2018.

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