by Dare Lawal
Following the directive by the Rivers State Police Command that members of the State Assembly sign an undertaking to be of good conduct before the assembly could be reopened, 22 out of the 31 lawmakers have signed the document.
The undertaking was signed at the Police Criminal Investigation Department, and had the Speaker of the State Assembly, Mr. Otelemaba Amachree, and the Deputy Speaker, Mr. Leyii Kwanee in attendance.
Addressing newsmen on Wednesday, Amachree, who led 21 other lawmakers to the command, said the screening process by the police involved all lawmakers, including nine lawmakers that were absent during the exercise.
The Speaker said, “You can see we are only 22 lawmakers present. We came to the state CID to honour the invitation of the police to sign an undertaking before sitting at the Assembly, which we have just done.
“We were given a form to fill by the police to be of good conduct and behaviour. We have assured the police that we are going to ensure peace and order during our deliberations.
“I am sure the police are satisfied with our response. The remaining nine lawmakers will also come and sign the undertaking.”
He however dismissed claims that two Houses of Assembly were in existence in the state, calling on those behind such propaganda to forget their differences and support his leadership of the State House of Assembly in the interest of the people.
“There are no two Houses of Assembly in Rivers State, but only one led by me. As you can see, we are only 22 lawmakers present here.
“We hope that the remaining nine lawmakers will come and join us to move the state forward in the interest of our people,” the Speaker said.