Benue legislators desert Assembly over EFCC
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.