Osun State Governor Adegboyega Oyetola has denied Pandora Papers information linking him to multibillion naira deals and overseas real estate ownership.
The Pandora Papers are an investigation by the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists, which uncovered shady deals as well as hidden wealth held by hundreds of politicians and serving as heads of government in countries around the world.
According to the investigation, Oyetola allegedly bought a multibillion naira property in Westminster, London, previously owned by Kolawole Aluko, an international fugitive wanted by law enforcement in Nigeria and the United States for money laundering. money.
The property was reportedly purchased in 2017, through Aranda Overseas Corporation, a company in which Oyetola was a director.
He was also said to have served as Director of Global Investments Offshore Limited until 2018, and throughout his tenure as Chief of Staff in the administration of former Governor Aregbesola, thus violating the Nigerian Code of Conduct for Agents. public.
In response to reports published on Sunday, the governor’s chief press secretary, Ismail Omipidan, issued a statement denying the allegations.
The statement, posted on his Facebook page on Saturday, said the governor resigned as director of Aranda Overseas Corporation in 2011 when he took a political post in Osun state.
âFrom 2011 to date, he has had no association, relationship or commercial transactions with said company, because he is neither director nor shareholder of said company.
“He was therefore not able to acquire said property in 2017, either directly or through said company, as alleged,” the statement said.
The statement further denied any connection between the Governor and said Mr. Kolawole Aluko.
He also claimed that the governor “had fully complied with the law of the land by leaving Global Investments Offshore Limited as a director in 2011, upon his appointment as chief of staff to the outgoing governor of Osun, Rauf Aregbesola. “.