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Benue lawmakers turn house to boxing ring, exchange blows over N750m car fraud

Written By Idoma Television on Wednesday, July 20, 2016 | 12:00:00 AM

 The ongoing crisis at the Benue State House of Assembly took a shameful turn on Tuesday as members of the house exchanged blows during proceedings all over an alleged 750 million Naira car fraud.
The free for all, it was gathered that face off was a fallout of an alleged probe by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) into the purchase of cars for the lawmakers.

Crisis ensued soon after sitting commenced with Honourable Kester Kyenge raising a point of order before the consideration of votes and proceedings of the previous sitting.
The Speaker of the House, Honourable Terkimbi Ikyange, who notced the looming danger in the motion raised, ruled Mr Kyenge out of order.

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.
The All Progressives Congress (APC)-led legislature strongly kicked against the move at the floor of the House in Makurdi, the Benue State capital.

The development prompted the Speaker to adjourn sitting to Thursday.
Kyenge in company of his PDP colleagues told newsmen that the Benue State government had failed to pay workers’ six months salaries, amidst rising insecurity in the state.

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

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