Saraki clears the air on alleged hidden assets exposed in leaked documents

Posted by News Express | 5 April 2016 | 2,513 times

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Senate President Bukola Saraki late Monday said he has fully complied with the provisions of the law on declaration of assets by public officers.

He was reacting to the claim contained in the leaked documents of the Panama-based offshore provider Mossack Fonseca and shared by the International Consortium of Investigation Journalists (ICIJ) that he failed to declare assets belonging to his wife, Mrs Toyin Saraki, in secret offshore territories. Saraki said he has in his different asset declarations included properties owned individually by himself and his wife.

According to a statement by his Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, Yusuph Olaniyonu, “The property in question forms part of Saraki’s wife’s family asset. It is public knowledge that Mrs. Saraki comes from a family of independent means and wealth with numerous and varied assets acquired over decades in family estates and investments.

“Furthermore, the law only requires a public officer to declare both his own assets and those held by his spouse and his children under 18 years of age. The law does not require a public officer to declare assets held by the spouse’s family.

“It is not expected by the law that a public officer should declare such assets held in the spouse’s family estate. Indeed, the Code of Conduct form does not make provision for declaration of spouse’s family assets.”

•Photo shows Senate president Saraki.

Source: News Express

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