Udende under probe for N4.3 billion fraud in Benue


Nigerian Concord Newspaper

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, will be investigating a close ally of Governor Samuel Ortom of Benue state, Honourable Emmanuel Udende, over his alleged roles in the stealing of about N4.3 billion belonging to the state government on 2016.

This came as a result of a worded petition which an anti corruption group called Benue Arise, has sent to the anti graft agency last week Tuesday being the 4th of September, 2019.

The petition which was signed by Barrister John Sulega, Chairman of the anti corruption group, Udende who is currently seeking for a reelection into the Katsina Ala, Logo and Ukum federal constituency under the platform of the PDP was accused of helping Governor Samuel Ortom to siphoned the said money through the use of his personal accounts with Fidelity, Zenith and First banks between December 2015 and August 2016.

The petition urged the EFCC chairman, Mr. Ibrahim Magu, to ensure that the allegation and investigation into the criminal activities of Udende isn’t swept under the carpet as it was being done in the past.

The petition accused the Federal lawmaker of lodging N2,610,123,020.00 (Two billion, six hundred and ten million, one hundred and twenty three thousand, and twenty naira) belonging to the state government into his Fidelity Bank account with number 5332064725 between December 2015 and January 2016.

The lodgments of the said N2.6 Billion were made twice through an inward clearing account number 1810001210300 into Undende’s Fidelity account which he opened with his National Driver’s license with registration number JUX00820AA1, National ID Card with registration number BN005831306, and International Passport with number A04719744. His two telephone lines with numbers 08072114640 and 08036111345 were also on the opening forms he filled to open the account.

The first transfer made into the account was N1,458,593,990 (One billion, four hundred and fifty eight million, five hundred and ninety three thousand, nine hundred and ninety naira) while the second transfer was N1,151,529,036 (One billion, one hundred and fifty one million, five hundred and twenty nine thousand, and thirty six naira).

The petition also accused Udende of lodging some other public funds into two personal accounts which he operates with First Bank with account number 2014771491, and Zenith Bank with account number 1011631159.

Honourable Emmanuel Udende who will be clocking eight years at the Green Chambers by next year May has been accused of abysmal performance as a lawmaker by members of his constituency.

As an incumbent, Udende’s constituents say that he is eminently qualified to seek election for the third or even fourth time like former senate president David Mark but they describe his case as that of a politician who has failed woefully to deliver on his campaign promises. “Udende is an example of failure, and a square peg in a round hole” one member of his constituency wrote on Facebook.

Members of his constituency also wrote o Facebook that: “Udende loves power desperately, but loathes the masses who give power, through God. For seven years running, Udende has neglected the people of Katsina-Ala and Logo councils. Even in Ukum where he comes from, he is not with the masses.

“I am not aware of any bill he has sponsored to impact positively on the people of Sankera. His constituents from Sankera axis, particularly Logo local government area, are being massacred in cold blood by suspected Fulani armed bandits who masquerade as herdsmen. He has not shown any pragmatic efforts to help end the senseless attacks and killings. No media television has captured him speak and condemn the violence on his people who elected him. If the people of Sankera die all (God forbid), and Udende is not bothered, but desperately seeking THIRD TERM, who would vote for him? And perhaps if he wins, who would he represent in 2019?

“Now, that his constituents want to retire him at the end of his two terms, Udende is exhibiting childish desperation, creeping around from one political party to the other, for ticket, in case the ruling APC denies him its ticket.

“We all know Udende for his greed, cunning and treachery. In 2011, former Governor Gabriel Suswam, picked him from a negligible corner, during his trying time. He was down and financially broke. Against the craving of many, Suswam supported him to secure the PDP ticket for his National Assembly election bid. He won the poll and shot into prominence.

“In 2015, Suswam supported him again for his second term ambition. He got the PDP ticket and won the poll. But what did he do to Suswam? He betrayed the former governor. While Suswam was campaigning for every PDP candidate, including his senatorial election, Udende was romancing with the APC members. Suswam and some of his other disciples lost out. Udende won on the PDP platform and swiftly deflected to APC”