Monday’s bombing and fire incidence at two High Court Divisions in Ahoada East and Okehi in Etche Local Government Areas respectively has been blamed on suporters of the Supervising Minister of Education, Chief Nyesom Wike and member representing Ogu/Bolo state constituency in the Rivers House of Assembly, Mr Evans Bipi.
The Rivers State Government which leveled the accusation, specifically fingered the Grassroots Development Initiative (GDI), a group funded by Wike, in the bombing of the court.
The State Commissioner for Information and Communications, Mrs. Ibim Semenitari, who spoke with reporters in Port Harcourt, the state capital on Monday, said: “The bombing and arson look like the handiwork of people who are close to the Supervising Minister of Education, Nyesom Wike, and the member of the House of Assembly representing Ogu/Bolo Constituency, Mr. Evans Bipi.
“Members of the GDI and the Peoples Democratic Party as it is currently constituted are those likely to be behind this sort of violence.
“You will recall that there was an explosion at the Office of the State Deputy Governor, Engineer Tele Ikuru, towards the end of the year. You know also that there was an explosion at Abonema Wharf last year”.
The commissioner also declared that her life and those of her colleagues were in danger as a result of the violence in the state and the partisan nature of the State Police Commissioner, Mr. Joseph Mbu.
Reacting, Bipi, who is the self-acclaimed speaker of the Assembly and leader of anti-Governor Chibuike Amaechi lawmakers, described the accusation leveled against him as false and explained that he was not in the state when the two incidents took place.
Speaking through his Media Assistant, Mr. Friday Itoho, Bipi expressed surprise that the bombing of a court could be linked to him.
Itoho said, “The claim that he (Bipi) is one of those responsible for the bombing of the Ahoada High Court is false. He was not in the state as at the time the two incidents happened.
“Honourable Bipi is a gentleman that will never be involved in such an act. I am surprised that somebody could accuse him of being responsible for the bombing of a High Court”.