EFCC Frees Detained Edo State APC Lawmakers

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, has freed the three principal officers of the Edo State House of Assembly detained at the Abuja headquarters of the agency on Wednesday

The lawmakers are Speaker of the House, Uyi Igbe; Majority Leader, Philip Shelby and the Chief Whip, Folly Ogedengbe.

They were summoned by the agency on Wednesday and had to be detained for allegedly forging the signature of Abdul-Razak Momoh, a lawmaker, during the impeachment of the former Deputy Speaker, Festus Ebea.

The chairman, House Committee on Youths, Sports and Information, Adjoto Kabiru, had on Thursday complained about the alleged detention of the three lawmakers under callous conditions and that they were denied medical attention.

Speaking at the Benin Airport, the released Speaker expressed displeasure with the anti-graft agency which he said was intruding in the affairs of the House rather than focus its attention in the investigation of financial crimes.

“I was under the impression that they were to investigate financial misappropriations, only for us to get there and issues that concern the House of Assembly was what they were bringing up”. Igbe said

The Speaker, however, assured that the house would continue to remain focused in its constitutional duties and not be intimidated.

Meanwhile, the Edo State police command has said that it has charged 22 suspects in connection with last Saturday’s attack at the Edo State House of Assembly Legislators’ Quartres to an Oredo Magistrate Court in Benin.

It would be recalled that the command had earlier arrested 12 persons over the attack which left 36 vehicles belonging to the All Progressives Congress, APC, lawmakers in the House of Assembly destroyed.

The commissioner of police, Folusho Adebajo, in statement made available to newsmen in Benin also added that the command was still in search of other suspects who are at large.

While stating that the command remained neutral in handling the present political problems in the state, it urged politicians to play by the rules and shun acts that can lead to the breakdown of law and order in the state.

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