Benue Lawmakers Exchange Blows Over EFCC Probe


Proceedings at the Benue State House of Assembly on Tuesday degenerated into fisticuffs as lawmakers disagreed over an alleged N750 million car fraud.

According a Channels TV report, the face off which took place yesterday was as a result of an alleged probe by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) into the purchase of cars for the lawmakers.

The fracas reportedly began when Honourable Kester Kyenge, who is of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) raised a point of order before the consideration of votes and proceedings of the previous sitting.

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The Speaker of the House, Honourable Terkimbi Ikyange, who sensed the danger in the motion raised, ruled Mr. Kyenge out of order, causing dissatisfaction among the PDP lawmakers.

The situation led to members of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the Assembly calling for the removal of all principal officers of the House and the All Progressives Congress (APC)-led legislature strongly resisted the move.

benue lawmakers exchange blows
Benue state lawmakers exchange blows

The situation got worse as lawmakers from the APC, which is the Speaker’s camp and the PDP members used abusive words against each other, prompting the Speaker to adjourn sitting to Thursday.

Speaking with newsmen after the proceeding, Mr. Kyenge in company of his PDP colleagues, expressed concern that the Benue State government had failed to pay workers’ six months salaries, amidst rising insecurity in the state.

He accused the Speaker of corruption and again demanded the resignation of the principal officers in the House.

The Speaker on his part said that contrary to the PDP lawmakers’ claims, that 13 of them violated the law in the purchase of the cars which prompted the EFCC probe.

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The Chief Press Secretary to Governor, Samuel Ortom, Mr. Terver Akase, has also accused the PDP lawmakers of orchestrating a plot to set up the civil servants against the government.