Pandemonium in Rivers As Armed Men Take Over State Assembly After Explosion

Pandemonium in Rivers As Armed Men Take Over State Assembly After Explosion

  • Reports have confirmed that the Rivers State House of Assembly complex was attacked with explosives and was invaded by unknown gunmen
  • It was gathered that the incident transpired late at night on Sunday, October 29, causing a stir around the state assembly complex
  • A police source who confirmed the explosion alleged that the incident had a political undertone, as it was gathered that some lawmakers were plotting to impeach the state governor journalist Segun Adeyemi has over 9 years of experience covering political events, civil society, courts and metro.

Port Harcourt, Rivers - An emerging report on Sunday night, October 29, confirmed that an explosion occurred at the Rivers State House of Assembly complex.

This incident coincided with alleged attempts by some lawmakers to initiate the removal of Governor Siminalayi Fubara from office.

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Reports confirmed that the explosion on the Rivers State Assembly Complex transpired amid rumours of the plan to impeach Governor Similanayi Fubara. Photo Credit: Sir Siminalayi Fubara
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Reports suggest that unknown individuals suspected of arson threw an explosive device into the building around 9:25 p.m., resulting in a fire.

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Police source react

However, Grace Iringe-Koko, the spokesperson for the state police command, could not be reached on her mobile; a senior police officer has verified the occurrence of the tragic incident.

It was gathered that some items within the chamber were damaged. The anonymous police officer contended that the incident had political motivations.

As reported by Punch, the officer said:

“Yes it is true. The fire occurred around 9:30pm or so. But as we speak, it (the fire) has been put out by firefighters who arrived at the scene just in time. I think it has to do with politics.”

Meanwhile, Daily Trust reported that the swift response of the fire service personnel prevented the fire from spreading throughout the Assembly complex.

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Security measures were heightened at the site, and firefighters worked hard to control the blaze.

“N1.9 trillion generated:” Lagos, Rivers top Nigerian States with highest IGR in 2022

In another report, the National Bureau of Statistics (NBS) disclosed that the 36 states collectively generated approximately N1.9 trillion in Internal Revenue.

According to the NBS statistics, Lagos emerged as the leading state in revenue generation, with an impressive N651.15 billion in Internal Revenue.

Additionally, other high-performing states in Nigeria include Rivers, the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Ogun, and Delta States.


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Segun Adeyemi (Current Affairs and Politics Editor) Segun Adeyemi is a journalist with over 9 years of experience as an active field reporter, editor, and editorial manager. He has had stints with Daily Trust newspaper, Daily Nigerian, and News Digest. He currently works as an editor for's current affairs and politics desk. He holds a degree in Mass Communication (Adekunle Ajasin University). He is a certified digital reporter by Reuters, AFP and the co-convener of the annual campus journalism awards. Email:

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