The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) on Thursday in an FCT High Court in Maitama, re-arraigned a deputy director with the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA), Emenike Umesi, for alleged misappropriation of N54.3 million.

Torese Agena, clerk of Benue state house of assembly, is currently in custody of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) over alleged N220 million fraud.

Nwanyinma Okeanu, EFCC spokesperson in Benue, said Agena has been in detention since his arrest on Thursday.

Okeanu added that the clerk’s wife and two daughters were arrested and handed over to the police for allegedly invading the commission and assaulting the policemen on duty.

She alleged that while the man was being detained, he called his wife and two daughters who assaulted the security operatives and ran over another with their car.

“The commission on Thursday 17/01/20 around 10 a.m. 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),” she said in a statement.


“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 statement added that the clerk will be arraigned for prosecution when investigation is concluded, while his wife and two daughters will be prosecuted by the police.

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