Members of the Benue State House of Assembly now shun their offices since the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) arrested some of its members and began investigation into its affairs.
Many of the state’s legislators, including principal officers, were recently interrogated by the EFCC, in Abuja, over alleged N750, 000 messy car deal. Only their aides and staff of the assembly are seen in the assembly premises now as a result, either chatting idly or watching television.
Gov. Samuel Ortom recently commented on the arrest of the lawmakers, saying it was a good thing for the EFCC to carry out the investigation, as his government was not going to shield anyone who mismanages funds.
Daily Trust newspaper reports that:
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.