20180105

N5.4b Slush Funds: EFCC Begins Interrogation of David Mark

After allowing him a two-week of recuperation, the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission( EFCC ) yesterday grilled a former President of the Senate, Chief David Mark in connection with alleged N5.4billion slush funds.

Also, the commission is investigating Mark in respect of a curious payment to him by the Office of the National Security Adviser( ONSA) under Sambo Dasuki.

A former Minister of State for Niger Delta, Mr. Sam Ode is already being probed over N2billion campaign funds meant for Benue State.

According to findings by our correspondent, Mark reported to the EFCC at about 1.45pm.

He had earlier presented a medical certificate to the anti-graft agency that he was not fit enough to “be able to write a statement.”

Based on his fidgety nature, the EFCC allowed him enough grace to attend to his health.

Mark, who was at the EFCC office with one of his sons, was ushered into the investigation room at about 1.48pm.

The allegations against Mark 
alleged N200m -N550m arms procurement cash from ONSA; N2.9billion curious payment into the account of the National Assembly’s account and shared to Senators during Mark’s tenure; his role in about N2billion campaign funds meant for Benue State; and illegal purchase of a N748million official residence of the Senate President.

A top source, who spoke in confidence with The Nation, said: “We have resumed full probe of Mark, who came to respond to issues raised for him by a panel of detectives.

“Being in company of his son, he was calm during interrogation which involved the presentation of some of our findings to him.

“Altogether, he has more than three cases before the EFCC but we are gradually isolating every issue in which he was implicated.

“By the time we release the facts to the public, Nigerians will realize that the ongoing probe of the former Senate President has nothing to do with politics. We have been on some aspects of the investigation since 2015.
“In one of the findings, about N200million was collected in cash for Mark from ONSA through a proxy.”

Meanwhile, a former Minister of State for Niger Delta, Sam Ode has been implicated in the disbursement of N2billion campaign funds meant for Benue State alongside Mark.

The cash was suspected to be part of the allocation wired from the Office of National Security Adviser(ONSA) meant for arms procurement.

Another source said: “We have already quizzed the ex-Minister who has given useful information on who got what among PDP chieftains in Benue State.

“Our detectives have identified those who signed for the N2billion. In fact, some stalwarts diverted the cash into personal use."

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