Femi Falana (SAN), a human right lawyer said on Thursday that Nigerian public officers who are indicted in the recent Panama papers for holding foreign account should be persecuted.
Falana further said that while private citizens linked to the leak could be exempted, public officers should were liable for prosecution.
His words: “Private persons are not prohibited from keeping accounts wherever they like. However public officers have always been barred by the Code of Conduct Bureau and Code of Conduct Trubunal Act from operating foreign accounts in any manner whatsoever.
“To that extent, former and serving public officers whose accounts have been published in the Panama Papers are liable to be prosecuted if they had failed to declare them in their asset declaration forms.
“Secondly, the onus is on them to prove that any funds in such accounts emanated from their legitimate income.”