The Rivers State House of Assembly complex was taken over by a faction of the lawmakers loyal to the Speaker, Martin Amaewhule, on Tuesday. The pro-Speaker lawmakers, numbering over 20, held a plenary session and discussed some issues affecting the state.
The lawmakers deliberated on the suspension of the strike by the Parliamentary Staff Association of Nigeria (PASAN), which had crippled the legislative activities in the state. They also ordered the police to investigate the fire incident that occurred in the chamber on October 29, which they suspected was an arson attack.
The lawmakers did not mention anything about the impeachment proceedings against Governor Siminalayi Fubara, which had sparked off the political crisis in the state.
The impeachment move was initiated by a group of nine lawmakers led by Edison Ehie, who claimed to be the factional Speaker of the House.
The plenary session was held under heavy security presence, as police patrol vans were stationed at the entrance of the Assembly complex. The police also restricted vehicular and human movements along Moscow Road, where the complex is located. The police later locked the entrance to the complex after the lawmakers left.
The resumption of plenary by the pro-Speaker lawmakers came two days after Ehie alleged that he escaped an assassination attempt on Sunday night.
He said some gunmen attacked his convoy on his way to Port Harcourt and exchanged fire with his security details. He accused the Speaker and the Governor of being behind the attack.