All hell broke loose Tuesday morning when hoodlums broke into the Rivers State House of Assembly which was on session and attempted to seize the symbol of authority – the mace.
The hoodlums also assaulted the Speaker of the House, Hon. Otelema Amachree just as five members of the House led by Hon Evans Bipi, moved to impeach the Speaker.
Commissioner for Information, Ibim Semenitari, in a telephone interview with Channels Television disclosed that trouble started when Mr Bipi walked up to the speaker and started ‘slapping’ him as members were still exchanging pleasantries.
She said, “While that was going on, they didn’t know that some hoodlums had accessed the assembly. The governor (Rotimi Amaechi) was informed and therefore left the government house to go and ensure that people were protected
“As the governor got there, some people began to shout ‘shoot him’ ‘shoot him’
“They were standing in the gallery. These were policemen who are paid by tax payers
“When somebody tried to rush to attack the governor, people had to protect the governor” she disclosed.
The commissioner added that the leader of the House, Chidi Lloyd, was injured and had to be rushed to the Government House clinic for prompt medical attention.