5 May 2016
It has been a month since documents from Panamanian law firm, Mossack Fonseca, implicating powerful individuals who employed the firm’s services to conceal money via shell companies and offshore accounts were released in what is the greatest leak in history being referred to as the ‘Panama Papers’.
Since the leak, the fallout has already led to the resignation of a Prime Minister and several protests prompting further investigations into the individuals mentioned in the documents.
Iceland’s Prime Minister resigned following two days of protests and now it seems like the British Prime Minister is next as a large number of Britons have begun calling for Cameron’s resignation as well. Although the documents do not mention Cameron specifically, it does mention his late father who had used the firm to set up an offshore trust.
Following the revelations, various uncoordinated statements from the Prime Minister’s team seemed to prove there was something to hide. Until he took a step further and made his tax statements public – a move that has reportedly never been done by any prime minister or public official in the history of the British government. Despite this, it would seem like the British people are not appeased as reports state that there have been protests calling for the British Prime Minister’s resignation.
However, in Nigeria, despite various groups calling for the resignation of the Nigerian Senate President, Bukola Saraki, following the mention of his name in a number of the leaked documents, the Nigerian Government is yet to make a statement or react to the news of the leaked documents and the Nigerians it implicates.
Former Senate President, David Mark, who is also mentioned in the documents, denies any involvement with the law firm and having any hidden funds in offshore accounts. Wife of the Senate President, Toyin Saraki, who is also mentioned alongside her husband and brother-in-law denies that the money linked to her name are her husband’s but hers.
Author: Aderonke Adeleke
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