Speaker of Rivers House of Assembly Escapes Alleged Assassination Attempt
Edison Ehie, the Speaker of a faction of Rivers House of Assembly aligned with Governor Siminalayi Fubara, has revealed a harrowing incident involving an alleged attack on his residence in Port Harcourt. The lawmaker asserts that he narrowly escaped assassination when a group of armed thugs, accompanied by a superintendent of Police, targeted his private home. The statement, released on Monday and signed by his legislative aide, Ken Uchendu, detailed the attempted attack on Sunday evening.
The statement outlines that, following a fierce gun battle, the security details assigned to Speaker Edison Ehie successfully thwarted the alleged assassination attempt. Ehie has pledged to release footage of the incident to both local and international media organisations to substantiate the claims.
In response to the incident, Edison Ehie is set to address a press conference today, shedding more light on the attack and possibly providing additional context to the brewing tensions. The statement quotes him as saying, “It is imperative to note that the armed rogues and officers were properly and fully captured by CCTV footage in the residence, which shall be made available to all media houses, including CNN, Aljazeera, and other national and international media outlets for the records.”
Call for Action
Moreover, the legislative member expressed concern about potential breakdowns of law and order in Rivers State. Ken Uchendu, the legislative aide, stated, “Rivers people will resist them,” referring to any attempts to disrupt the peace in the state. Notably, Uchendu placed responsibility on specific individuals, including the named police officers and the Rivers State Police Command, should such a breakdown occur.
Police Response Awaited
As of press time, the Rivers State Police Command is yet to react to the incident. The silence raises questions about the official stance on the matter and the ongoing tensions within the state’s political landscape.
Background and Previous Incidents
The recent attack follows the bombing of the Chambers of the House of Assembly on October 29, raising suspicions of attempts to hinder impeachment proceedings against Governor Fubara. The subsequent impeachment proceedings initiated by lawmakers loyal to Governor Fubara’s predecessor, Nyesom Wike, led to a counter-move by another faction of the House. This faction, led by Martin Amaewhule, suspended Edison Ehie and others, accusing them of orchestrating the chamber bombing.
The unfolding events in Rivers State underscore the volatile political climate, marked by power struggles and conflicting interests. The alleged assassination attempt on Speaker Edison Ehie adds a concerning dimension to the already tense situation. Ejesgist.ng will continue to monitor and provide updates on this developing story.
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