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  • Updated: May 10, 2024

Police take over Rivers House of Assembly amid factional Speaker crisis

Police take over Rivers House of Assembly amid factional Spe

Operatives of the Nigerian Police Force, on Friday, took control of the entrance and exit points of the Rivers State House of Assembly complex.

More than 30 policemen were stationed at the first and second gates of the lawmakers’ estate, with approximately 25 patrol vans blocking the other two entrances.

The police presence ensued shortly after the Speaker of the House, Martins Amaewhule, accused Governor Sim Fubara of planning to demolish the legislative quarters.

The state assembly is currently embroiled in a crisis following the emergence of a factional speaker, Victor Oko Jumbo.

However, the Clerk of the Rivers State House of Assembly, Emeka Amadi, has disavowed Fubara’s faction of the Assembly.

Amadi has reiterated that Martin Amaewhule remains the Speaker of the Rivers State House of Assembly.

The ongoing situation stems from the clash between Fubara and the Minister of the Federal Capital Territory, FCT, Nyesom Wike, regarding the political landscape of the state.

On Thursday, Fubara made an impromptu visit to the facility, stating that he wanted to assess the premises following the appointment of a new speaker.

"Isn't the Assembly quarters part of my jurisdiction? Is there any harm in inspecting the situation there?

"You are all aware of the recent developments. With the appointment of a new speaker, I went to personally observe the current state of affairs. There may be improvements I deem necessary for the benefit of our constituents," remarked the governor.

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