November 21, 2023

Gunmen attack Rivers assembly factional speaker’s residence

Plateau community

By Davies Iheamnachor

The Residence of the factional Speaker of the Rivers State House of Assembly loyal to the governor of the state, Hon. Edison Ehie, has been attacked by unknown armed men.

This was as the speaker said the move was to assassinate him, but he escaped by the whiskers.

The incident happened around 11:pm, Sunday according to a press release, Monday, signed by Ken Uchendu, Legislative Correspondent, Rivers State House of Assembly.

Uchendu in the statement claimed that the armed man came in Police uniform, alleging that the team was led head of a police tactical unit in the state.

Uchendu said footage of the invasion would be made public for confirmation, calling on President Bola Tinubu to hold the said police tactical team leader if there is any breakdown of law and order in the state.

He said: “The release reads: “At about 11 pm on Sunday the 19th day of November 2023, a group of Armed thugs and rogue Police Officers led by one SP. Irikefe London Owen, a superintendent of Police attached to the CTU B 3 RSV and CSP Salihu Masalachi attacked the private residence of the Speaker of the Rivers State House of Assembly, Rt. Hon. Barr. Edison Ogerenye Ehie, DSSRS, was fully armed to assassinate Mr. Speaker and his family.

“However, the thugs and rogue Police Officers led by the two above-named police officers in Rivers State were vehemently repelled in a gun battle by the official security details attached to the Speaker, Rt. Hon. Barr. Edison Ogerenye Ehie, DSSRS.

“It is imperative to note that the armed rogues and officers were properly and fully captured by CCTV footage in the residence, which shall be made available to all media Houses, including CNN, Aljazeera and other National and International media outlets for the records.

“Let it be on record that Rivers people, boys, girls, women, men including the aged shall in our numbers occupy the streets stark naked in a demonstration against the Nigerian Police and those sponsoring violence in Rivers State, no matter how highly placed, Rivers people will resist them.

“Finally, should there be a breakdown of Law and order in Rivers State, President Bola Ahmed Tinubu should hold the above-named Officers, the Rivers State Police Command and their sponsors in Rivers State responsible.”

I’ve been under attack for standing against Fubara’s impeachment 

Ehie, who is representing Ahoada East Constituency II, at the state Assembly, added that since his emergence as the speaker of the state Assembly on the heels of the crisis that rocked legislative arm of the state that he has been under attack. 

Addressing pressmen in Port Harcourt, yesterday, Ehie said: “Yesterday, about past 11p.m., after engagements, I moved upstairs and we had put the children to bed and I was interacting with my wife when we got alerted by the security attached to me that there was an attempted invasion by men in mufti and some in uniform and I quickly got up from the room and came downstairs.

“Not too long, we started hearing the noise of the attempt by these security men in their Hilux vehicles to forcefully gain entrance into this residence but they were being repelled by the security personnel. 

“To our greatest surprise, these security operatives led by one SP Irefeike London and DSP Kasarachi ordered their men and started shooting sprodically. In fact, you can confirm from the neighbours in this vicinity that nobody could sleep last night. But to the glory of God the security operative ably resisted them. 

CP dismisses claims of attack, assassination attempt

But the CP also faulted the alleged assassination attempt on the person of Ehie, adding that there was nothing to worry about.

Disu said, in reaction to the development, said: “The preliminary investigations we have done so far, this morning, has not revealed any assassination attempt.

“All I knew was that police officers were on patrol, convoy patrol. It’s a routine thing and then we have made frantic efforts to get across to the leader to give us any information he has, so that we can include it in what we already have. So, far so good, nothing to worry about. 

“My plead to him and every other person is, if there is any complain, my number is going to be made public, they should call me quickly and I will quickly look into it. For now, I haven’t gotten anything like that.”