The leader of a group in the Rivers State House of Assembly, Edison Ehie, who insists he is the Speaker, says he escaped death on Sunday after an attack on his residence.
Ehie confirmed the attack to Channels Television on Monday morning, saying, “Yes, indeed, it was crazy but my house has been taken over by heavy security and they are doing a security sweep of the whole compound.”
The lawmaker added that he would hold a press conference later in the day.
He was responding to a statement published on Facebook.
The statement said at about 11 pm on Sunday, a group of armed thugs and rogue police officers led by a superintendent of police attached to the CTU B 3 RSV and a chief superintendent of police attacked Ehie’s residence with an intention 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. Ehie Edison , DSSRS.
Reacting, the police command’s spokesperson, Grace Iringe-Koko, said, “The CP has reached out to the officers involved and they’re coming to the Command HQ to meet the CP.”
SP Irifeke London is the immediate past camp commandant of the Rivers State Government House who was redeployed after the current governor was tear-gassed.
Following the October 29 fire that razed the House of Assembly, Ehie was removed from his position as leader by lawmakers loyal to Martins Amaewhule, but retaliated and declared himself speaker, sparking a legislative crisis in the House.