Rivers State Assembly Erupts in Chaos as Impeachment Process Turns Violent
Rivers State House of Assembly was marred by chaos and turmoil on Monday as lawmakers convened to initiate impeachment proceedings against Governor Siminalayi Fubara. In a dramatic turn of events, gunshots rang out and tear gas filled the air within the legislative complex, adding a troubling chapter to the ongoing political crisis in the region.
A total of 23 lawmakers, presided over by Speaker Martin Amaewhule, gathered to forge ahead with the impeachment process, signaling a deep-seated rift within the state’s political establishment. The tension escalated as the lawmakers also opted to suspend Edison Ehie, the leader of the House, and several colleagues suspected of maintaining allegiance to the embattled governor.
The tumultuous scene unfolded against the backdrop of a recent incident, wherein an explosion had rocked the assembly complex on the previous Sunday night, reducing a part of the chamber to ruins. This incident had further fueled suspicions and tensions within the legislative body.
Immediately following the contentious session, at approximately 8:15 am, lawmakers were observed hastily departing from the Assembly premises, heavily escorted by security personnel. The urgency and heightened security presence underscored the volatile nature of the situation.
As the gunshots and tear gas filled the vicinity, pandemonium ensued as individuals, including office workers situated in the vicinity, scattered in disarray. Law enforcement officers pursued people in a chaotic scene, reflecting the state of unrest that has gripped the region in the midst of these political upheavals.