Benue leg­is­la­tors desert Assem­bly over EFCC

Daily Trust - - FRONT PAGE - From Hope Abah, Makurdi

Mem­bers of the Benue State House of Assem­bly now shun their of­fice and coun­ter­parts who are placed un­der watch by op­er­a­tives of the Eco­nomic and Fi­nan­cial Crimes Com­mis­sion (EFCC).

Many of the state’s leg­is­la­tors, in­clud­ing prin­ci­pal of­fi­cers, were re­cently in­ter­ro­gated by the EFCC, in Abuja, over al­leged N750, 000 messy car deals.

The law­mak­ers ap­par­ently now aban­doned their of­fice for their sup­port­ing mem­bers of staff, who were seen ei­ther chat­ting in groups or watch­ing tele­vi­sion.

Ef­forts to speak with some of the leg­is­la­tors through their tele­phone lines were not suc­cess­ful as the calls where left unan­swered, while text mes­sages were not replied.

The speaker of the Assem­bly, Terkimbi Ikyange, who was granted bail, week­end, af­ter his in­ter­ro­ga­tion by the EFCC, was sighted in Makurdi, yes­ter­day, but he re­fused to com­ment on the mat­ter.

The deputy speaker, James Okefe, and, at least, 15 leg­is­la­tors were be­lieved to have been de­tained by the EFCC.

How­ever, the chief press sec­re­tary to the speaker, Bem Abunde, said that the Assem­bly com­plex was un­der­go­ing ren­o­va­tion and that his boss would com­ment on the al­leged in­ter­ro­ga­tion of law­mak­ers by the EFCC soon.

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