In a startling turn of events, an explosion reverberated through the Rivers State House of Assembly complex on Sunday night, adding a new layer of tension to the alleged political maneuvering within the state.
At approximately 9:25 p.m., unidentified arsonists reportedly hurled an explosive into the complex, setting off a fire that inflicted damage on properties within the assembly chamber. While details are still emerging, a senior police officer, speaking on the condition of anonymity due to the sensitive nature of the incident, confirmed the occurrence, attributing it to political motivations.
The spokesperson for the state police command, Grace Iringe-Koko, remained unreachable at the time of reporting. However, the police officer indicated that firefighters promptly extinguished the flames upon arrival at the scene.
“Yes, it is true. The fire occurred around 9:30 p.m. or so. But as we speak, the fire has been put out by firefighters who arrived at the scene just in time. I think it has to do with politics,” the anonymous police officer remarked.
Allegations of an impending move to impeach Governor Siminalayi Fubara had been circulating, with reports suggesting that lawmakers were orchestrating the removal of House Leader Eddison Ehie as a preliminary step. Ehie has purportedly been obstructing efforts to oust Fubara, intensifying the political climate within the state legislature.
Upon a visit to the Assembly at approximately 10:30 p.m., our reporter observed heightened security measures, with police and other operatives securing the complex. Around 17 security trucks and an armored personnel carrier were strategically stationed at the entrance and surroundings, underscoring the gravity of the unfolding situation.