Unknown armed individuals attacked the residence of Hon. Edison Ehie, the factional Speaker of the Rivers State House of Assembly aligned with the state governor. The Speaker narrowly escaped an assassination attempt during the incident, which occurred around 11:00 pm on Sunday, as stated in a press release by Ken Uchendu, the Legislative Correspondent for the Rivers State House of Assembly, on Monday.
According to Uchendu, the assailants, purportedly wearing Police uniforms, allegedly included a team allegedly led by a head of a police tactical unit in the state. Uchendu claimed that footage of the invasion would be released to the public to verify the incident. He urged President Bola Tinubu to hold accountable the alleged leader of the police tactical team if any law and order breakdown occurred 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.”
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