Nigeria: Family of Arrested Benue Assembly Clerk Attacked Us - EFCC

20 January 2020

Makurdi — The Makurdi office of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) at the weekend confirmed the arrest of the Clerk of Benue State House of Assembly, Torese Agena, over his alleged involvement in a N220 million fraud.

EFCC also alleged that the family of the suspected clerk, consisting of his wife and two daughters stormed its office on Friday morning and assaulted several of its officials on their duty post.

Head of Information and Communication of the EFCC in Makurdi, Nwanyinma Okeanu, in a statement made available to newsmen, explained that Agena is being investigated for alleged fraud, stealing and misappropriation of public funds to the tune of over N220,000 million.

"The wife - Mrs. Agena Terngu and her daughters, Terfa-Mamadu Ngweavese and Agena Suur, assaulted two mobile policemen on duty while giving the third a human bite on his left arm and tried to run down 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 in detention on a valid remand warrant obtained from the Federal High Court, Makurdi," the statement reads in part.

The EFCC statement added that the suspect's wife as well as his two daughters who carried out the assault were later handed over to the police for onward prosecution while the main suspect - Torese Agena, is being processed to be arraigned for prosecution as soon as investigations are concluded.

When contacted, the spokesman of the Benue police command, Catherine Anene, said she was not yet aware of the matter and as such could not confirm which of the units under the command had the women who were alleged to have carried out the assault on the EFCC's officials.

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