by Stanley Azuakola
It’s a reign of impunity in Rivers state, the repercussions of which the polity is likely to feel in the coming days.
Five members of the Rivers assembly loyal to the PDP hierarchy in the state/Nyesom Wike faction today caused chaos in the assembly as they allegedly “impeached” the speaker of the assembly, Otelemaba Amachree and the House leader, Chidi Lloyd.
Amachree and Lloyd are core supporters of the Rivers governor, Rotimi Amaechi.
The assembly sitting turned violent as thugs loyal to the anti-Amaechi 5 took over, hitting and brutalising the House leader and damaging properties inside the chambers.
A source in the assembly told The Scoop that “we watched it live because proceeding inside the chambers are beamed inside all the offices. Suddenly they were hitting Lloyd, beating him with their hands and their thugs were also using microphone stands to hit him, but he did not touch anyone. He just curled in his seat until he was rescued.”
Lloyd has allegedly been rushed to the hospital.
As proceedings were ongoing, the Rivers governor, Rotimi Amaechi, arrived the assembly in a bus and ordered everyone to leave the assembly premises. Workers in the assembly scampered for safety, leaving only the thugs loyal to the anti Amaechi 5 inside the premises.
Eyewitnesses told The Scoop, “We really don’t know what else happened as we were all running for our lives. But as I was going, I saw one of the lawmakers with blood all over his shirt. I don’t know who hit him or who he hit.”
The 5 lawmakers appointed Evans Bipi, Patience Jonathan, who only recently got married, as their speaker.
Editor’s Note: An earlier version of this piece stated that Evans Bipi was the brother of the first lady. Even though Bipi is a townsman of the first lady, they are not related. It has now been corrected.
*The situation degenerated after this and even Chidi Lloyd became very violent himself. We have more stories on the situation and you can follow with the links below: