Why Ex-Senate President Mark Was Arrested, Interrogated

Chioma okoro 17 Dec 2017 - 03:40 0 Komentar
Following speculations on the reason why
Senator David Mark was quizzed by the EFCC,
reliable sources have revealed the main
reason for the act by EFCC. There were revelations yesterday on why
former Senate President, Senator David
Mark, was arrested and quizzed by the
Economic and Financial Crimes commission
(EFCC). A source in Mark’s camp has told The Nation
that the EFCC wanted the former Senate
President to account for the campaign cash
sent to Benue State by the campaign team of
former President Goodluck Jonathan in the
build-up to the 2015 presidential election. But the source said that EFCC was merely
chasing shadows because Mark was never a
part of ex-President Jonathan’s campaign
team. “EFCC is chasing shadows, all the allegations
border on sheer politics because 2019 poll is
around the corner,” the source said
yesterday. It added: “They asked Mark to account for
campaign cash sent to Benue State when Oga
(Mark) was not part of ex-President’s
Jonathan’s campaign team. “In fact, the campaign team in Benue State
was coordinated by ex-Governor Gabriel
Suswam. The former Senate President was
kept in the dark. “Oga was sidelined during Jonathan’s
campaign and there is no way he can account
for what he did not know about.” While Mark’s camp believes that his arrest by
the EFCC had political undertone, a source
said the former Senate President may issue
a formal statement today (Saturday) on
what transpired between him and the EFCC. It was learnt yesterday that the EFCC had
raised a new team to grill the former Senate
President on Monday on the alleged campaign
cash suspected to have been sourced from
the Office of the National Security Adviser
(ONSA). A top source, who spoke in confidence, said:
“Barring any last-minute change of schedule,
the ex-President of the Senate has been
advised to return to the EFCC on Monday for
a comprehensive grilling. “A team of detectives has been raised to
interrogate him. After the session on
Monday, the EFCC will then release the details
on why Mark was invited. “So far, we don’t want to take any action
which may jeopardise ongoing investigation
of the ex-President of the Senate.” Offering an insight into what transpired
between Mark and EFCC officials before he
was granted administrative bail on
Thursday, a source in Mark’s camp said: “One
online medium is talking of money shared to
Senators. But when Oga was confronted, he said he had no knowledge of the amount in
question. “He asked the EFCC operatives to show any
evidence linking him with the sharing of any
cash. These operatives could not produce a
sheet of the beneficiaries of the so-called
funds. “Mark has not shown interest in any office in
2019 and they have started hounding him. It is
really unfortunate.” Asked of the next step, the source added:
“The ex-President of the Senate may issue an
official statement on Saturday (today).” Meanwhile, the Acting Chairman of EFCC, Mr.
Ibrahim Magu has promised to launch in-depth
investigation into the cases of corruption
reported by the ECOWAS Commission
President, Marcel de Souza. A statement by the Head of Media and
Publicity of EFCC said Magu made the
disclosure during a visit the ECOWAS
President paid him. Magu said: “I am happy to see you here. I
assure you that we will launch investigation
into the activities in the Commission
(ECOWAS), and we will soon sanitise it. “We have a strategy to unravel any
fraudulent activity. We will partner with you
to bring corrupt elements within the system to
justice.” The President of the ECOWAS Commission
however commended the EFCC for its
resolve in tackling corruption in Nigeria. He said the agency “compares with similar
bodies in the West for its efficiency and
effectiveness.” He added: “We are here to appreciate the
great job EFCC is doing in fighting corruption
and to see how the agency can help us
investigate some cases of internal
corruption within the ECOWAS Commission.” While commending President Buhari for making
the fight against corruption a cardinal focus
of his government, Souza said that “there is
no gainsaying that the efforts of the present
administration in redeeming the image of
Nigeria in the international community are yielding positive results.”


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