Amidst growing speculations that the former Senate President, Senator David Mark, and a number of other Nigerians are linked to the Mossack Fonseca law firm’s Panama Offshore accounts report, Mark has denied operating any such account.
Speaking through his media aide in Makurdi on Thursday, Mark said,: “We reiterate categorically that he is not directly or indirectly connected to any of the companies registered, operated or managed by the Mossack Fonseca Law Firm.
“We challenge all those behind this propaganda and media outburst to prove or show that Senator Mark’s name was mentioned in the leaks. He is prepared to stand and defend himself against any accusation in relation to this matter.
“Senator Mark’s media team has carried out its own search of the Mossack Fonseca database and found no statement, item or any connection to Senator David Mark or his family. It follows that there is no record whatsoever of any impropriety or wrongdoing.”
Paul Mumeh, his Special Assistant on Media, recalled that in his quest for Senate presidency in 2007, there was an attempt to bring a similar issue to the fore in order to stop him, wondering “what are their fears now in 2016 for regurgitating the same issue?
“Once more, Senator Mark has distanced himself and any member of his family from the said Mossack Fonseca Firm and has no affiliation whatsoever with any company operated, registered or managed by Mossack Fonseca.
“Senator Mark has not contravened any laws of the land and he is treating this for what it is, an attempt to blackmail and tarnish his hard earned image by some political elements.
“As a public officer, Senator Mark has maintained a high level of decorum and observes the laws of the land and believes in the sanctity of the rule of law. He will not be distracted by what is clearly a deliberate mischief and propaganda,” Mumeh maintained.
He said records relating to Senator Mark’s assets were available with the relevant government agencies and could be verified, adding that his principal had consulted his legal team and would take the matter up accordingly.