President Jonathan’s Aide, Others Linked to Secret Offshore Companies and Accounts
PREMIUM TIMES has reported a secret offshore companies and accounts linked to President Goodluck Jonathan’s special adviser on political matters, Ahmed Gulak, which it said they either hide their wealth to evade taxes, launder money or commit fraud.
The report which was contained in a cache of documents reportedly reviewed by PREMIUM TIMES and the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists, ICIJ cited the Presidential aide to be leading a growing list of Nigerian business and political elites who ran or still run secret offshore companies and accounts.
According to the report, Mr. Gulak, who deals in the supply of fast boats, radial systems and naval communication equipment as well as military hardware to the Nigerian government, was linked to a secret shell company in the British Virgin Islands, one of the world’s most notorious tax havens.
Mr. Gulak is listed along with a former petroleum minister, Edmund Daukouru, and a former head of the Nigeria Ports Authority, Bello Gwandu, as key Nigerians indulging in this practice, according to our investigations.
Ahmed Gulak, the special adviser to Mr. Jonathan on political matters, is listed by company website as legal adviser to Erojim Group of Companies, a contracting firm that claims to supply fast boats, radial systems and naval communication equipment and other military hardware to the Nigerian government in liaison with its foreign partner, Poly Technologies, and NORINCO, both of China.
On the other hand, Edmund Daukouru, a former petroleum minister sits on the board of Caverton Offshore Support Group, a Lagos-based provider of integrated offshore support services in Nigeria but which has also bounded with some foreigners to form a secret company abroad. Also on Caverton’s nine-man board is Bello Gwandu, a ruling party politician and former managing director of the Nigeria Ports Authority, a federal agency that oversees and operates the ports of the world’s most populous black nation.
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