- Armed men alleged to be police officers and suspected political thugs on Sunday night, November 19, invaded the residence of the factional Speaker of the Rivers state house of assembly, Edison Ehie
- It was gathered that his security details foiled the attack suspected to be an assassination attempt
- Ehie is expected to give a press conference later today, November 20, to shed more light on the occurrence
Legit.ng journalist Ridwan Adeola Yusuf has over 6-year-experience covering politics in Nigeria
Port Harcourt, Rivers state - Gunmen have attacked the residence of Rivers factional Speaker, Edison Ehie, in Port Harcourt, the state capital.
Details of the incident on Ehie’s residence were still sketchy but The Nation said on Monday, November 20, that security details of Ehie foiled the attack.
A source simply identified as Ken described the attack as an assassination attempt.
He alleged that the attempted assassination was led by the head of a security tactical unit in the state, SP Irikefe Owen.
Channels Television said Ehie confirmed the "crazy" attack.
Furthermore, the speaker narrated the attack via a statement.
The statement said:
“At about 11 pm on Sunday the 19th day of November 2023, a group of armed thugs and rogue police officers led by one SP. Irikefe London Owen, a superintendent of Police attached to the CTU B 3 RSV and CSP Salihu Masalachi attacked the private residence of the Speaker of the Rivers State House of Assembly, Rt. Hon. Barr. Edison Ogerenye Ehie, DSSRS, fully armed with an intention to assassinate Mr. Speaker and his family.
“Indeed, it was crazy."
According to Ehie and his camp, the assailants were repelled in a gun battle with the official security details attached to the Speaker.
Reacting to the incident, the police command’s spokesperson, Grace Iringe-Koko, said:
“The CP has reached out to the officers involved and they’re coming to the Command HQ to meet the CP.”
Edison emerges 'Speaker' Rivers Assembly
In a piece of related news, Legit.ng reported that members of the Rivers House of Assembly loyal to the embattled state governor, Siminalayi Fubara, elected Edison as the new speaker.
Edison, who was earlier suspended as the majority leader of the House by the anti-Fubara lawmakers, was elected the speaker after a sitting held in Government House.
Wike's loyalists reject Edison
The deputy speaker of the house, Dumle Maol, at a press conference insisted that the alleged change in the Rivers state house of assembly is dismissed and the report should be disregarded.
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