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Monday, 13 June 2016
Read how EFCC Uncovered Fraud In Benue State House of Assembly
Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has invited the leadership of the Benue State House of Assembly concerning a car contract scam of about N750 million handled by the Deputy Speaker of the House, Hon James Okefe.
A former aide of Hon Okefe revealed that, a few weeks ago, men of the Police Homicide Division in Abuja stormed the state to investigate and possibly arrest his former boss following death threats he made to the wife of a Director of a commercial bank.
He said Hon Okefe, also a former banker, is reported to be owing the woman millions of Naira and resorted to death threats when she persistently demanded it.
In the course of their investigation, the police reviewed the Deputy Speaker’s phone call log which revealed the threatening text messages he had sent to the woman. Hon Okefe denied this when he issued a press statement saying his phone was hacked and the said messages sent to incriminate him.
In the course of this investigation, the police also stumbled on numerous suspicious payments made from Hon Okefe’s accounts to his colleagues at the House of Assembly which were promptly handed over to the EFCC for further investigation.
Consequently, Hon Okefe, along with Speaker of the Benue House of Assembly, Rt. Hon. Terkimbi Ikyange, Majority Leader, Hon Adanyi and Deputy Majority Leader, Hon. Nick Eworo are expected to appear before the antigraft agency this week, starting from today, Monday 13th June 2016.