The President of the Senate, David Mark, is said to have distributed huge sums in U.S. dollars to each of the country’s 109 Senators over the Christmas period just before the Federal Government announced the removal of fuel subsidy on Petroleum products, Premium Times reports.
The bribes were paid out before the Senate commenced its recess on 20 December last year. Many Senators collected on behalf of their colleagues. Premium Times reported that there was no evidence that any Senator rejected the largesse. Even activist members who were elected on the platform of opposition parties, promising to expose corruption in parliament, quietly got and pocketed their shares. A source told the publication that each senator received at least sixty thousand dollars.
Of course the Senate members have denied the allegations calling it blackmail but the Premium Times claim the exclusive came from multiple knowledgeable sources and they stand authoritatively behind it.
The money is said to have originated from elements and departments in the federal government pushing the proposed deregulation programme of the administration.