Rivers Assembly Crisis: Lawmaker Battered With Mace Still In Critical Condition Reviewed by Momizat on . Michael Chinda, a member of the Rivers State House of Assembly who was battered by his colleagues on Tuesday is currently receiving treatments and in critical c Michael Chinda, a member of the Rivers State House of Assembly who was battered by his colleagues on Tuesday is currently receiving treatments and in critical c Rating: 0
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Rivers Assembly Crisis: Lawmaker Battered With Mace Still In Critical Condition

Michael Chinda, a member of the Rivers State House of Assembly who was battered by his colleagues on Tuesday is currently receiving treatments and in critical condition in a Port Harcourt Hospital.

During the fight that ensued when five members of the Rivers House of Assembly moved to impeach the speaker of the House, Otelemaba Amachree, the House leader, Chidi Lloyd was seen in a widely circulated video hitting Mr Chinda with the Mace.

The Rivers assembly has 32 members and 27 had declared loyalty for the state governor, Chibuike Amaechi, while 5 had been strongly opposed.
Tuesday’s sitting was convened to receive presentation by the state governor on amendments to the 2013 budget. The House was also reportedly supposed to pass a vote of no confidence on the state commissioner of police, Mbu Joseph.

Eight members of the House were present earlier in the day, including Messrs Amachree and Lloyd. The five lawmakers opposed to the governor were also present.

During the exchange of pleasantries, trouble reportedly started when Mr Chinda went close to Mr Lloyd and the two lawmakers reportedly exchanged words leading to Mr Chinda punching Mr Lloyd. Cameras in the assembly which beamed to the offices showed that Mr Lloyd was repeatedly punched by another lawmaker, Evans Bipi and the tripod used to mount a camera was also used freely on him, but he did not retaliate initially.

When the three pro-Amaechi lawmakers, saw that they were overpowered in the House, they fled the premises. Meanwhile some thugs came into the chambers and were reportedly asking, “Where is the speaker? Where is the speaker?” By then the speaker, as well as Lloyd (who sustained some injuries) and the third pro-Amaechi lawmaker Azubuike Njoku, had left the chambers.

Mr Lloyd told journalists reportedly from a sick bed that “Hon Evans Bipi came to me in full glare and rained punches on me. As his leader, I didn’t respond. Then he reached for the tripod and used it freely on me together with Hon. Chinda.”

Shortly afterwards, Kelechi Wogu brought out a mace (not the usual House mace, said an eyewitness) and Evans Bipi was made speaker pro tempore to superintend over the sitting. Immediately the sitting began, Hon. Martins Amaehule moved a motion for the impeachment of the speaker for ineptitude. It was carried by the five members allegedly present.

Shortly afterwards, Mr Chinda nominated Mr Bipi as speaker. His motion was carried by the five present and they immediately addressed the press, with Mr Bipi thanking Rivers people for their solidarity and assuring them that henceforth there will be robust representation by the assembly.
But that was not the end of the matter.

The three lawmakers had gone to regroup and came back to the assembly together with other members of the assembly loyal to the governor. The governor also came along with them. At this time, the governor had called for protection from soldiers, even though Mr Lloyd had written through the clerk of the House to the police commissioner for the intervention of the police.

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  • Afam

    Yet some ignorant minds will flood the media with lies and propaganda just to gain cheap political points…God is watching.

    • Efe1

      I will advise that he be shot in the bed and save Nigeria the service one one thug! Useless cult goat.

  • Geezoid

    My God!!

  • Faith

    Seriously we need better hospitals in Nigeria, just look at this! How can a person in coma
    1) Be kept lying flat (down), how can he breathe?
    2) No oxygen or intubation? (life-saving equipment)
    3) No ECG cardiac monitoring equipment?
    I doubt that they can actually resuscitate a person in this Nigeria, shouldn’t he be in the trauma unit of the ICU? All the shame goes to these same lawmakers for not providing enough health facilities and equipments for Nigerians to use. Now, they can share in our pain. We pay our bills dutifully so why is the government functioning for God’s sake!!!

    • 9jaObserver_Mission

      And to imagine that a journalist was even allowed to be that close to him to be reporting the story. Very sad and pathetic.

    • Nija

      if its governor they will fly him to Germany for treatment. So sad..

  • Nija

    Those people who beat this man should be punished.

  • Obibiokwu Afara

    all nigeria politicians are gangsters including him, so i am not sorry for him. ntooo

  • Ene

    How can people who have no control over their emotions lead a state? It’s such a disgrace. They will have no time for fights if they spend their time doing the right thing, instead of chasing their selfish interest.

  • eki

    The wild wild west of Nigerian politics. This sort of action by these thugs deserve a custodial sentence. All the house members and every body involved in this shameful, disgraceful and primitive action be bared for life from ever contesting or holding any political office in Nigeria. We need to send out a strong message that our political system is not for thugs. Any where else in the developed world and this would have been treated as an attempted murder.

  • TMA

    You see after thieving all the money you don’t even have a standard hospital to look after yourself when trouble calls, why should he be flown abroad? this people need to pay for not been wise when stealing, access to basic Health is necessity. they want to want to eat their cake and have it… Look at Mandela if that were to be Nigeria he would have been flown somewhere for treatment.
    Good-luck Nigerians, that is just the beginning of unlawful and greedy leader Drama … who knows who is next?

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