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Explosion Rocks Rivers State House of Assembly complex, Igniting fears of political unrest in the State

In a startling turn of events, an explosion jolted the Rivers State House of Assembly complex on Sunday night, igniting fears of political unrest. The incident unfolded against the backdrop of purported attempts by certain lawmakers to initiate the impeachment of Governor Siminalayi Fubara.

Sources on the ground reported that unknown arsonists allegedly hurled an explosive device into the complex at approximately 9:25 pm, setting the building ablaze. Although the spokesperson for the state police command, Grace Iringe-Koko, remained inaccessible via mobile phone, a senior police official, who requested anonymity due to the sensitive nature of the matter, confirmed the incident to our correspondent.

The ensuing chaos resulted in the destruction of several items within the assembly chamber. The police officer expressed a belief that the incident bore political motivations. He divulged, “Yes, it is true. The fire occurred around 9:30 pm or so. But as we speak, it (the fire) has been extinguished by the timely arrival of firefighters. I think it has to do with politics.”

Reports gathered by our correspondent suggest that certain legislators in the state legislature had made arrangements to first impeach the House leader, Eddison Ehie. This strategic move was purportedly aimed at paving the way for Governor Fubara’s removal, with the House leader allegedly obstructing these endeavors.

Our reporter, who visited the Assembly complex around 10:30 pm, observed a significant security presence. Police and other security operatives had taken control of the premises, with approximately 17 security vehicles and an Armoured Personnel Carrier stationed around the entrance and its vicinity. The situation remains highly fluid, and investigations into the incident are ongoing.


Ademola Adeyemi

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