An explosion has Rivers State House of Assembly Complex following rumours of an impeachment plot against Governor Siminialayi Fubara and the Leader of the House Hon Edison Ehie
The State Police Command which is located near the Assembly Complex was the scene of an unsettling stillness after the arsonists stuck around 9:45 p.m.
It was learned that some young people had broken into the assembly facility and set it on fire.
A senior police officer in the state, who did not want to be mentioned, confirmed the development, adding that it took efforts of police and the state Fire Service teams to put out the fire.
The source said: “Yes, the Rivers State House of Assembly main chamber was under attack and set on fire. It was policemen and the fire service team that helped to put out the fire.”
However, at press time, Security personnel have taken over the premises of the assembly complex.
Over 17 security trucks and four Armoured Personnel Carriers, APC, have been stationed at the facility with over 50 Federal Security personnel mobilized at the complex.
Group warns against deploying undemocratic means in the alleged impeachment process against Governor Siminialayi Fubara
In the meantime, the Coalition of Democratic Vanguard has condemned the alleged attempt by some stakeholders to undermine the democratic process in the state.
The Group in a statement signed by its Chairman Thompson Orumbo and the Secretary Peter Nwabunna warned those seeking to impeach the Governor to desist from doing so to avoid causing unrest in the state.
The Group further said that impeachment attempts should be rooted in concrete evidence of wrongdoing and carried out only through legitimate channels, ensuring transparency and accountability.
The Coalition of Democratic Vanguard noted that any attempts to impeach Governor Fubara and Edison Ehie must adhere to these democratic principles.
The statement stated that any violation of the democratic norms in the impeachment process will be resisted by Rivers people.
The Coalition of Democratic Vanguard also called on those involved in the impeachment process to prioritize the interests of the people and set aside personal and political interests.