The crisis in the Rivers State House of Assembly continued as the police took control of the complex on Tuesday. Members aligned with different factions reportedly held separate sessions at distinct locations.
Four police patrol vans were observed at the assembly complex entrance, and movement along the Moscow Road Axis was restricted. An Armoured Personnel Carrier patrolled the road, while armed operatives were strategically positioned.
Although the reason for the increased security measures was unclear, reports indicate that 25 lawmakers, led by House Speaker Martin Amaewhule, held a session early on Tuesday. They discussed issues related to the suspension of the strike by the Parliamentary Staff Association of Nigeria and called for a police investigation into the recent explosion at the Assembly.
Meanwhile, lawmakers led by factional Speaker Edison Ehie passed a vote of confidence in Governor Siminalayi Fubara. They commended the governor for developmental strides and security initiatives to maintain peace in the state.
Ehie’s faction also condemned the recent attack on his residence and the burning of the House of Assembly. They appealed to the governor to commence rehabilitation works on the damaged facilities and called for an investigation into the attacks to bring the perpetrators to justice.