Fourteen (14) members of Benue State House of Assembly, including the Speaker, Rt. Hon. Ikyange Terkimbi, his deputy, Hon. James Ejembi Okefe, are been detained by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), over scam allegation on purchased of Special Utility Vehicles (SUVs) for the house.
It would be recall that just last week officials of the anti-graft agency in this regard played host to the Speaker of the Assembly, Terkimbi Ikyange; Deputy Speaker, James Okefe and Majority Leader, Banjamin Adanyi, over alleged involvement of the trio in the alleged scam.
The principal officers were guests of the Commission in Abuja following a petition instigated by some aggrieved members of the Assembly who also allegedly caused some contractors to ‘under-bid’ for the purchase of the jeeps as against the cost of N13million said to have been awarded by the leadership.
Some members detained are; Rt. Hon. Joseph Ojobo, PDP), Rt. Hon. Adoga Onah , Minority leader. Sule Audu , Hon. Anthony Ogbu and Hon, Chris Adaji .
Others include; Hon, Mrs Agbe , Rt. Hon. Chabo , Majority leader Adanyi, Rt. Hon. Terkimbi Ikange , Hon, Ire Mathew , Rt. Hon. Nick Eworo, Hon. Baba Otache and Abini Agbom .
As we also gathered, some other contractors submitted bids as low as N9million per vehicle thereby creating suspicions amongst the Assembly.
The aggrieved members were said to have been irked by further scheming of the leadership to short-change members who had taken the option of receiving cash in lieu of the jeeps.
According to LinkNaija.com, some members had argued that they should be given the cash instead of the SUVs, a demand to which the leadership acceded. But instead of offering N13million which was the cost of the jeeps as awarded, the members were given N10million with no cogent explanation about the disparity. The principal officers were accused of pocketing the remaining N3million.
The principals who responded to the EFCC summons in Abuja last week were granted administrative bail by the Commission after taking statements from them and told to await further development as may be determined by investigations by its operatives. However, following yesterday's summoning, the 13 invited were all detained by the commission.
Youth under the aegis of Okpoga Youth Reinforcement Initiative (OYRI), reacting to the development faulted the deputy governor over his inability to call his son to order, whom they are accusing for written the petition to EFCC warning that the dirty game could cost Abounu his seat as the house may likely consider impeaching him.
OYRI pleaded with the governor of Benue state to kindly go and bail their son, the deputy speaker.
“Kindly go and bail our son, we need to see Hon. James Ejembi Okefe at home today unfailingly,” the group stated in a message to the governor, Dr. Samuel Ortom.
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