In News by Oluwaseun Samuel on the 19th, June, 2020

EFCC Arraigns Benue Deputy Speaker And Clerk For Alleged N5m Fraud

EFCC Arraigns Benue Deputy Speaker And Clerk For Alleged N5m Fraud

The Deputy Speaker of Benue House of Assembly and the Clerk arraigned for fraud

The Deputy Speaker of Benue Home of Meeting and the Clerk arraigned for fraud

 

The Deputy Speaker of Benue State Home of Meeting, Christopher Adaji, and Clerk of the Meeting, Torese Agena have been arraigned by the Financial and Monetary Crimes Fee, Makurdi Zonal Workplace, on Wednesday, June 17, 2020, earlier than Justice S. O. Itodo of the Benue State Excessive Courtroom, Makurdi, for his or her complicity in an alleged fraud totalling N5, 040,950.

 

They had been arraigned on two-count cost bordering on conspiracy, bribery, felony breach of belief and abuse of workplace.

 

They pleaded not responsible when the fees had been learn to them.

 

Rely one reads, “That you simply, Torese Agena, on 18th day of October, 2019 being Clerk, Benue State Home of Meeting, throughout the jurisdiction of this honourable courtroom, did use your place to confer unfair benefit to your self as bribe, to the tune of N200, 000 (Two Hundred thousand naira solely) from N50, 000, 000 (Fifty Million Naira) payable to Excessive Profile Funding Nigeria Restricted by the Benue State Authorities for the Benue State Home of Meeting legislative tour to European nations, and thereby dedicated an offence opposite to Part 19 of the Corrupt Practices and Different Associated Offences Act, 2000 and punishable underneath the identical Act.”

 

Rely two reads, “That you simply Christopher Adaji between eighth – 14 of November, 2019 throughout the jurisdiction of this honourable Courtroom spent the sum of N4, 840, 950 (4 Million, Eight Hundred and Forty Thousand, 9 Hundred and Fifty Naira solely) the funds allotted to you for European legislative tour in your authorized and different companies and thereby dedicated an offence opposite to Part 22(5) of the Unbiased Corrupt Practices and Different Associated Offences Act, 2000.”

 

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After their no responsible plea, prosecution counsel, G. G. Chia-Yakua, requested the courtroom for a date for the graduation of trial and likewise sought an order of the courtroom to remand the defendants in a Nigeria Correctional Providers centre.

 

Nevertheless, the defence counsel prayed the courtroom to grant them bail on liberal phrases or on self-recognisance, including that they might at all times be accessible in courtroom to face trial.

 

Justice Itodo admitted them to bail on self-recognisance and thereafter adjourned the case till July 6, 7, and eight, 2020, for graduation of trial.

 

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