An ICIJ Investigation West Africa Leaks

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See how offshore companies and accounts have been used to strip cash out of West Africa.

The 13 journalists who worked on the West Africa Leaks face everything from threats, law suits and intimidation.

ICIJ’s African partnership coordinator talks about our unprecedented investigation in the region and how it came about.

Key findings

  • Leaked records uncover the secretive companies and bank accounts of some of West Africa’s most powerful politicians and corporate moguls, including a Mali presidential candidate, the mayor of Cote d’Ivoire’s richest city and a member of the Togolese ruling dynasty inner circle
  • Files also reveal details behind a Seychelles company of a longtime friend of Nobel Prize-winning Liberian ex-president Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf who helped lobby on behalf of a mining company
  • Honorary consuls, including several representing European countries, used offshore companies and accounts to avoid taxes and keep money out of sight from authorities in West Africa
  • A Canadian multinational used a letterbox company as a conduit and avoided paying millions of dollars in tax to Senegal, one of the world’s 25 poorest countries

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West Africa Leaks is the largest-ever collaboration of journalists from West Africa.

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