A faction of the Rivers State House of Assembly seized control of the Assembly complex on Tuesday, conducting a plenary session that saw the participation of over 20 members aligned with the embattled Speaker, Martin Amaewhule.
During the session, lawmakers engaged in discussions regarding the suspension of the strike by the Parliamentary Staff Association of Nigeria (PASAN) and the directive for the police to investigate the fire incident that occurred in the chamber on October 29.
The fate of the previously initiated impeachment proceedings against Governor Siminalayi Fubara, which had earlier stirred political tensions in the state, remained uncertain.
Amidst these developments, police patrol vans have been strategically stationed at the entrance of the Assembly complex. While vehicular and pedestrian movements were initially restricted during the sitting, normal activities have now resumed at Moscow Road.
In response to the heightened situation, senior police officers were observed securing the entrance to the House of Assembly complex, deploying additional personnel to reinforce security measures. This unfolding scenario follows closely on the heels of factional Speaker Edison Ehie’s claim of an alleged assassination attempt on his life just 48 hours prior.