Panama Papers Claim New Victim As Spain Minister Quits

The worldwide Panama Papers scandal claimed a fresh political victim Friday as Spain’s industry minister resigned over allegations he had links to offshore companies.

Jose Manuel Soria said he had tendered his resignation “in light of the succession of mistakes committed along the past few days, relating to my explanations over my business activities… and considering the obvious harm that this situation is doing to the Spanish government.”

Soria’s troubles began on Monday when Spanish online daily El Confidencial, which has had access to the Panama Papers — millions of files leaked from law firm Mossack Fonseca — said he was an administrator of an offshore firm in 1992.

Soria called a news conference to deny any link to the company, but as the week went by, more allegations emerged from other media outlets, revealing further alleged connections to offshore havens.

It is unclear as yet whether any of his alleged actions were illegal.

Soria is the latest political victim of the Panama Papers leak, which revealed how the world’s wealthy stashed assets in offshore companies and which the law firm blamed on a computer hack.

Iceland’s Prime Minister Sigmundur David Gunnlaugsson was also forced to resign over the leaks.

In his statement, Soria said politics “is an activity that must always be exemplary, also where… explanations are concerned.”

“When that doesn’t happen, one must assume one’s responsibilities,” he added, in an indication that he was resigning due to how he had handled the revelations, rather than over any irregularities.

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Ex-Gov. Of Akwa Ibom Quits Partisan Politics, Slams PDP

 A former governor of Akwa Ibom State and founding member of the Peoples Democratic Party, Victor Attah, has announced his retirement from partisan politics.

Mr. Attah, a member of PDP Board of Trustees, on Tuesday announced at a press conference in Uyo, the state capital, that he would be playing the role of an elder statesman to “continue to serve this country with love, strength, and faith”.

Although it was not expressly stated, it appeared Mr. Attah was quitting the PDP to enable him mobilise support across party lines for the All Progressives Congress in Akwa Ibom whenever there would be a rerun of the governorship election in the state.

The Akwa Ibom Governorship Election Tribunal recently nullified the April 11 governorship election in 18 out of 31 local government areas in the state, and ordered a rerun.

Mr. Attah hailed the judgment as an indication that Akwa Ibom closer to being liberated.

“What I had always wanted is beginning to come into focus,” he said.

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Nigeria’s Emenike Quits International Football

Nigeria striker Emmanuel Emenike on Tuesday announced his retirement from international football, after a barren spell in front of goal.

The 28-year-old said on his Instagram account he was calling time on his five-year career for the national side, telling fans he was “no longer a Super Eagles player”.

“It has always being my pleasure to play and win for the team,” he wrote.

“I am always proud of my successful years in the team and I am pleased to call it off at this point in order to avoid insults.”

Emenike, who plays his club football for Al Ain of Dubai, is the second player to announce his retirement from Nigeria’s senior squad this month.

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Liberia’s Justice Minister Quits

Liberia’s justice minister has resigned, complaining that she was barred from investigating the country’s main spy agency, run by the son of President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf.

 Christiana Tah said in a statement on Monday she had been told she could not look into fraud allegations against Fombah Sirleaf’s National Security Agency. She did not give details of the alleged fraud. “I cannot be the minister of justice and not supervise the operations of the security agencies,” she said.

In a letter full of dramatic language but short on detail, Tah claimed her job had become “unbearable” since she had noticed a “determination to systemically undermine and gut the portfolio of relevance and effectiveness”. She did not single out any individual for criticism or give further examples of how she had been undermined in her work.

Tah, who was also the government’s main legal adviser in her role as attorney general, says she offered to resign in March but was turned down and did not raise the issue again because of the Ebola epidemic.

The president’s office made no comment on Tah’s statement other than to confirm her resignation had been accepted.