Why I was questioned by EFCC – David Mark

Senator David Mark

Nigeria’s former Senate President, David Mark, on Sunday slammed the anti-graft agency, EFCC, for levelling unfounded and senseless allegations of fraud against him. 
 
The Nation newspaper had reported earlier in the week that the politician was a guest at the anti-graft office and was grilled by detectives.
 
Mr. Mark confirmed being invited by the EFCC in a statement signed by his media aide, Paul Mumeh, on Sunday.
 
He said he fielded questions relating to 2015 campaign finance for political activities in his home state of Benue. 
 
But he was particularly baffled about another question that bothered on alleged bribery of all Senate members in 2010.
 
Mr. Mark was Senate President from 2007 until 2015 when the All Progressives Congress took control of the legislature. 
 
He, however, remained a member of the Senate, having been re-elected by his constituents in Benue South Senatorial District in 2015.
 
He said they alleged that the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) paid over N2 billion into a bank account run by the National Assembly during his days as the president of the Senate.
 
He said the EFCC further alleged that the money was shared among the 109 Senators (including PDP, ACN, and ANPP) in 2010. 
 
“Again, to the best of his knowledge, Sen. Mark is not aware of such transaction. This simply did not make sense to any right thinking member of the society.  
 
“Sen. Mark wondered why anybody would think that PDP will pay money into National Assembly account. He however clarified all the issues raised before returning home,” Mr. Mumeh said. 

The EFCC has refused to speak on the interrogation.

The 2015 campaign finance by the PDP has been a subject of intense interrogation by law enforcement agencies. 

About $2.1 billion disguised as national security expenditure was said to have been squandered on electioneering for the fated 2015 re-election bid of Goodluck Jonathan. 

The probe, which has seen several former ministers and top administration officials under Mr. Jonathan arrested within the last 30 months, has been deemed by critics as lopsided and an attempt to smother opposition. 

This is because law enforcement agencies are believed to have refrained from probing or arresting persons associated with Mr. Buhari or the ruling All Progressives Congress. 


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  • Julearths

    APC! Hmmmm

  • Du Covenant

    Tell us what you know about the Panama papers, keeping quiet or just brushing it aside will not help you either!.

  • The Optimist

    About $2.1 billion disguised as national security expenditure was said to have been squandered on electioneering for the fated 2015 re-election bid of Goodluck Jonathan. And history is again repeating itself as another package is being disguised as fund to fight Boko Haram!

    • Okakuoofbenin

      Buhari will loose one billion dollars or not. He should go and ask Jonathan. As for this useless David Mark, he should be sent to jail without trial.

  • TDaniels2

    Loopsided or not, charity needs to start from home. Let’s get some big crooks behind bars, or even best hung to dry on the expressways in the country. This will serve as a deterrent to others! When a crook is cornered, the response is familiar: the allegations are u fair! An amount as huge as that can’t go missing, it’s to much! Really, check the local and foreign banks of Nigerian big men no women, you’ll be dumbfounded!

    • owoicho owoicho

      Oh really ? Big crooks like Maina ? I’m all for accountability but even the most one eyed APCist will question the moral authority of an administration that has been exposed as selective with what it defines as “corruption”.
      Fix the roads, provide electricity, keep our lives and property safe. Do any of those and APC wins. Seems to be quite a challenge for this crew it seems.

  • Annabelle

    We don’t care. You’re all thieves!

  • JasV

    “This simply did not make sense to any right thinking member of the society.” Exactly!!! We are used to senseless things being done by you and other thieves that call yourselves senators. You all need to be incinerated.

  • owoicho owoicho

    The seems a very strong desire, judging by the tone of the posts on here for a retributive justice to be meted out to public office holders accused of abuse of office. Fine and good.
    But surely posters must realise that the fight against corruption begins with a moral tabula rasa.
    Buhari can set an example. By showing his income and tax returns since leaving the military. And those of the first lady. He can lead by example. Then he has the moral authority to attack corruption in his party and in the opposition.
    Nigerians want Nigeria to be Finland. Except when it involves their kinsmen/women, church/mosque member.