By Egufe Yafugborhi, Davies Iheamnachor
PORT HARCOURT – RIVERS State House of Assembly, Monday resolved to alert the United Nations, UN, on May 11, 2018 youths invasion of that state High Court in Port Harcourt as divisions in the Rivers All Progressives Congress, APC, escalate.
The Rivers legislature, at an emergency session, yesterday, also resolved to write the European Union and the Commonwealths to take immediate steps to ensure the safety of Rivers people in the face of alleged premeditated assault by the APC and her agents.
The House indicted “armed thugs of the APC backed by operatives of the Nigerian Police” for the commotion at the state high court on May 11, accusing the APC as sponsors of the said action.
Speaker of the House, Ikuinyi-Owaji Ibani who presided over the sitting had called for vote on a motion moved by the Majority Leader, Mr Martins Amaehwule (Obio/Akpor Constituency I) under matter of urgent importance condemning the attack and closure of the courts on May 11.
In the voting that followed after the motion was seconded by the member representing Bonny State Constituency, Abiye Pepple, 16 members voted in favour of the motion, while three voted against and another three abstained.
Amaehwule, recalled that the crisis was causes by a scheduled ruling on a matter between two disputing APC camps, noted with sadness that no arrest had been made even when hoodlums were seen attacking people and destroying property at the High Court Complex in the presence of SARS.
Majority members condemned the incident before the Assembly later moved to the State High Court Complex where they inspected the damage done by the APC and the Nigerian Police.
The Chief Judge of Rivers State conducted the State Lawmakers round.