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Alleged N220m fraud: EFCC arrests, detains Benue Assembly clerk

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Alleged N220m fraud: EFCC arrests, detains Benue Assembly clerk

The Economic and Financial Crime Commission (EFCC) said it had arrested and detained the Clerk of the Benue State House of Assembly, Torese Agena, over alleged N220m fraud.

A statement signed by the Publicity Head of the anti-graft agency in Benue State, Nwanyinma Okeanu, said the commission also handed the suspect’s wife and two daughters over to the police for assaulting the security operatives on duty at the commission’s office.

The statement reads: “The commission on Thursday arrested the clerk of Benue House of Assembly, Torese Agena, for an alleged case of fraud, stealing and misappropriation of public funds to the tune of over two hundred and twenty million Naira (N220,000,000).

“He invited his wife and children to the EFCC’s zonal office in Makurdi where he is being held. The wife, Mrs. Agena Terngu, and her daughters, Terfa – Mamadu Ngweavese and Agena Suur – assaulted two mobile policemen on duty and bit the third policeman on his left arm. They also tried to run over another with their car while trying to escape.

“The suspect, Torese Agena, is currently the Clerk of the Benue State House of Assembly and is currently in detention on a valid remand warrant obtained from the Federal High Court, Makurdi.

“The suspect’s wife, as well as the two daughters who carried out the assault, were handed over to the police for onward prosecution while the main suspect, Torese Agena, Clerk of the Benue State House of Assembly, would be arraigned for prosecution as soon as investigation is concluded.”

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