Benue Deputy Governor, APC chiefs plotting to kill me – says ex-Senate President, David Mark

FILE PHOTO: David Mark, voting at the recent elections.
FILE PHOTO: David Mark, voting at the recent elections.

Former senate president, David Mark, has alleged a plot by the deputy governor of Benue State, Benson Abounu, and some chieftains of the All Progressives Congress to assassinate him ahead of Saturday’s rerun in the southern senatorial district.

In a statement by his media aide, Paul Mumeh, on Monday, Mr. Mark said the APC candidate for the election, Daniel Onjeh, through his campaign Director, Okpokwu Ogenyi, in connivance with the deputy governor, had allegedly hired the services of cultists to unleash terror in the district and in the process target him (Mark) for elimination.

The statement said the cultists allegedly hired for the assassination include the notorious supreme Vikings squad from Jos, Plateau State and the dreaded Black Axe in Makurdi, the Benue State capital.

It also said Mr. Mark, who is running on the platform of the Peoples Democratic Party, had already alerted the Inspector General of Police, Solomon Arase, of the plot by the APC stalwarts in the state to assassinate him.

In a petition to the IGP signed by his counsel, Ken Ikonne, the statement said, the former senate president alleged that Mr. Ogenyi was the arrowhead of the plot.

“It is obvious that Ogenyi knows more about the assassination plot than he has revealed,” the petition said.

“Our client has therefore instructed us to petition you( IGP) to as a matter of urgency apprehend and interrogate Ogenyi to throw more light on the details of this grave assassination plot before he and his associates carry out the dastardly plot.

“Only yesterday, police said to be attached to the State Deputy Governor Benson Abounu fired several gun shots into the family house of Senator Mark in Otukpo.

“No reason was given for the unprovoked attack and no arrest has been made.”
The petition also said a couple of weeks ago, the chairman of the APC in the state, Abbah Yaro, was quoted as saying “if Senator Mark wants, let him win the election in seven out of the nine local government areas but no returning officer born of a woman will dare declare him.”

Also, the Benue State chairman of the PDP, Emmanuel Agbo, had petitioned the police command in the state over the unhealthy political activities of APC ahead of the election.

He also asked the authorities to prevail on them to allow peace reign.

The Police Force Public Relations Officer, Bisi Kolawole, an assistant commissioner, could not be reached as she did not respond to repeated calls to her mobile telephone.


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  • Burning Spear

    a. You stated that Col. Adegbe was credited to have said: “If I open up, Nigeria will burn.”

    b. You stated that: “the economic and financial crimes commission (EFCC) picked up Adegbe on Wednesday in Lagos where he was interrogated before he was flown to Abuja yesterday.”

    c. You stated that: “It was gathered that ongoing interrogation of the former ADC by operatives of the EFCC could open up a new can of worms, which could surpasss what is now known as Dasukigate”

    d. You stated that: “Col. Adegbe who was arrested in Lagos a few days ago, was said to be attending a senior officers course outside the former capital city, but on a visit, when he was picked up for interrogation.”

    “To set the record straight, all the issues raised by your paper above only exist in the figment of your imagination. This attitude of yours is highly unprofessional and capable of heating up the polity and has indeed brought the name of our client to great disrepute. We are constrained to set the records straight by informing you that our client was not arrested as reported by your newspaper.”

    Explaining the real reason for his invitation to the anti-graft office, the solicitor noted that, “to set the records straight, Col Adegbe was not arrested by EFCC as claimed by your newspaper. It is known fact that Col Adegbe has been in the UK for studies having been released by the Nigerian Army to do so.

    “The EFCC wrote the military authority to invite our client for questioning with respect to an ongoing investigation to clarify certain allegations made against him. The military authority invited him back to Nigeria, which he willingly came in and reported to the office of the provost marshal in Abuja on Wednesday 10th February 2016. Due to his late arrival and the inability of the Army to complete their documentation, he was asked to report to the Garrison Mess in Mogadishu Cantonment in line with military tradition till the next day. Upon completion of the necessary paper work, he was excorted to the EFCC where he wrote his statement and was interrogated.

    “We are also familiar with the statement he wrote at the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) and are also acquainted with answers he gave to questions, so we are at a complete loss as to how your newspaper arrived at that highly sensational and false story. The lawyers and representative of the Nigerian Army were present through out the interrogation. There was never a time Col. Adegbe threatened to burn down Nigeria.

    “He has demanded a retraction of the said story with the same banner headline and an apology from the Sun Newspaper within 12 hours to avoid legal action.

    “In view of your false and malicious statements, we demand a retraction of the false story with the same banner headline and an apology for your fictitious and highly embarrassing report. The retraction and apology must carry and be accorded the same prominence not less than 7 editions of your publication. We also demand that the retraction be syndicated to all your prints and the online media links in the same way and manner you spread the false story.

    “We demand this to be effected within 12 hours while we advise our client on the legal implication of this malicious publication,” the statement added.

    ——–

    • Rommel

      Lol! mouthpiece of thieves

      • Julius

        Mouthpiece of the Irrelevant !!

    • Fadama

      No one cares to read your gibberish.

    • Buhari4Ever

      Deri Orbuka is the mouthpiece of Ijaw empty skulls

    • Victor Aikhionbare

      Dude you should have just made a short statement and add a link or reference. It’s just too long

    • kinsly

      Story story…….?

  • Burning Spear

    Jonathan’s ADC Never Made The Statement Accredited Him By The Presidency, Demands Retraction And Apology

    Yet another lie from the pit of hell peddled by the presidential handlers and APC gets busted.

    As reactions continue to trail a recent statement attributed to Col. Ojogbane Adegbe, former aide-de-camp to immediate past president, Goodluck Jonathan, the military personnel has debunked ever threatening to open a can-of-worm about his erstwhile principal.

    Col. Adegbe, while expressing shocks and disbelief over the recent viral report, which quoted him as saying that if he was forced to reveal what transpired under the last administration, Nigeria will boil, had demanded an unreserved apologia from the management of the Sun Publishing Limited for dragging his hard-earned name to the mud.

    He said his recent visit to the office of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), was never in connection with the controversial arms scandal.

    Reacting to the report, the military official in a letter by his solicitor, Chief Ogwu Onoja, SAN, and exclusively obtained by DAILY POST, denied ever making such controversial statement against his former boss during his interrogation at the EFCC office.

    According the letter, “We have read with shock and disbelief the lead story in your newspaper, dated Friday 12th February, 2016, titled: “If I open up, Nigeria will burn. Detained Jonathan’s ex-ADC warns, as EFCC declares Tompolo wanted” .

    The lawyer, while describing the report as false, misleading and defamatory, said it had caused significant harm to his client’s good name and reputation.

    He said, “we have examined the full story contained on page 7 of the paper and the different statements credited to him and compared them with provable facts. This comparison shows without any doubt whatsoever that, among others, the following of your statements about what transpired are false:

  • Julius

    Hahahahaha, General dey scare !. Na wa oo !!!, The evil that men do !

  • SAM .A

    Now the hunter is being hunted , while the propaganda noise , Mr Mark?

  • Arabakpura

    David Mark is “Okenye Umuazi” Period!

    • Fadama

      Lol, I like that

  • Rommel

    HahahahahahahahLol David Mark, Lol!

  • Otile

    The chieftains of Islamic APC are probable not planning to kill Dauda. Obvious he is afraid of his own shadow.

  • clairvoyance

    Afraid of His Shadow your toy gun Gej is not in power to arm twist Inec to declare your written result before election now your new ploy is to allege assassination. Liar mark face your election on Saturday and stop looking for sympathy where there is none.

  • bomboy

    We have heard you, David Mark. We cannot do anything about it yet.

    Let them kill you first and you yourself will see what we’ll do. You hear?

    • PolyGon2013

      Funny.

  • favourtalk

    The happiest news Nigerian will recover is to see that you lost on that day, enough of your talk is now boring every Nigerians. Please let somebody come from your village too. You are old enough to rest at home mom everything is not about you

  • SB

    Makuru, we don’t understand what you are saying. Just face your election and get the loose out of the Senate

  • Africa

    How time changes! The hunter has become the hunted… Haha

  • Truthometer

    What is Davido Marko afraid of? After all, old soldier never die!

  • tundemash

    Mr. Mark, what is wrong in you benefiting from the insecurity you and other looters created in the 16yrs you were lording it over Nigerians ? So you want same police you decimated and made very ineffective to protect you ?
    Didn’t Ekeweremando say similar thing last year when he claimed his car was shot at ? The hunter has indeed become the hunted.

  • objective

    Now David Mark is a victim of the type of Nigeria they created. Anyway, the people running after him should please let peace reign; let them respect the law, knowing that in a very short period, they too will be out of power and require the protection of the law.

  • JSA1

    DAVID ALECHENU BONAVENTURE MARK! SHAME ON YOU FOR MISLEADING THE IDOMA PEOPLE FOR 16YEARS OF NO RECORD OF ANYTHING DONE FOR YOUR PEOPLE. THE SAME DAVID MARK THAT THE BAYELSA STATE GOVERNOR RECENTLY SUPPLIED SOME TOMPOLO BOYS FROM BAYELSA WHOM DICKSON USED ON DEC 5,6, 2015 AND JAN., 9, 2016 TO PROSECUTE THE RE-RUN ELECTION FOR HIM THIS WEEKEND IS COMPLAINING OF WHAT HE HAS PLANNED TO DO ON FRIDAY/SATURDAY, THIS WEEK. THE IDOMA PEOPLE HAS REJECTED YOU SINCE BEFORE THAT JONATHAN’S CORRUPT REGIME WAS SENT PACKING BY NIGERIANS ON MARCH 28, 2015 FORCED YOU ON THE PEOPLE. NOW, THE IDOMA PEOPLE ARE FULLY SET FOR YOUR HUMILIATION ON SATURDAY THIS WEEK.

    • Nigeriafirst

      Excerpts of an interview with Dr. Gabriel Tivlumun Nyitse, former Governorship candidate, which was published in THISDAY of Thursday, February 11, 2016

      GEORGE OKOH (This Day): What do you make of the unfolding drama and intrigues in Benue South ahead of the rerun between Senator David Mark and Daniel Onjeh?

      DR. TIVLUMUN NYITSE: If I were from the Benue South Zone, my vote would have been for Senator David Mark. We must learn to set standards in this country and we must stop being sentimental in assessing people. David Mark is a distinguished Nigerian and a son of Benue, an Idoma man who is outstanding in all facets of human life. He served Nigeria as the President of the Senate for eight years without stepping on the proverbial ‘banana peel’. Here is a man who led the Senate and held it together for eight years; that alone counts for him, so if he wants to get back to the Senate, it should be given to him on a platter. He has proven himself, sentiments apart.

      The other factor is that David Mark knows the politics of this country very well, and experience counts. If you want to have your person there, and who can speak for you, it should be somebody who knows the system- somebody whose voice would be respected, somebody whom you will agree that this man is quality. How can you let somebody who can be David Mark’s grandchild wrestle with him, for what? What is the basis? Is he better than David Mark or of equal status with him in terms of age, exposure or knowledge? Certainly not!

      For me, the candidate challenging him is not qualified in the first place. As far as I am concerned, anybody who votes against David Mark in that rerun will make a big blunder. It will be a very big mistake that the people of that zone may have to pay for, because if Mark does not go back to the Senate, the biggest loser will be the Senatorial District; second will be Benue people; and third would be North Central Geopolitical Zone because David Mark is like a Nigerian voice.

      We should grow people and keep them. We don’t grow people and bring them down for personal reasons. I read recently on social media how he empowered 85 persons with high profile appointments and some of the persons are among those who recently defected from the PDP. He gave them the jobs just because he was doing the Idoma bidding, which some of us as Tiv didn’t like. But I am talking without sentiments and as a rational Tiv man.

      You can not put your personal interest above the Idoma interest. Everybody’s interest should be under the group interest. Though I don’t have the grievances of those who defected, anybody who is aggrieved for any reason should not take it above the collective interest of the people. The collectivity of the Idoma interest is what everybody in the District should be concerned with. And David Mark is the only person for now because the other candidate is not better. If it were people like General Lawrence Onoja, Mike Onoja or General Chris Garuba, name them, who are vying, then we can say something is happening. What you are seeing now is not politics but wickedness against the people of Benue South Senatorial District and not David Mark who has nothing to lose at all