by Our Correspondent
The new Speaker of Rivers State House of Assembly, Rt. Hon. Barr. Edison Ogerenye Ehie is said to have escaped an assassination attempt.
In a press release signed by Ken Uchendu, Legislative Correspondent, Rivers State House of Assembly and made available to journalists, stated that the foiled attempt on the Speaker’s life took place in his residence at about 11pm , Sunday, November 19, night but was rebuffed by his security details.
The release further stated that the attempted assassination was carried out by head of a police tactical unit in the state, with unidentifiable others, warned them these senior police officers be held responsible should anything happen to the new Speaker and his household.
It assured the public that footages of the act as captured by CCTV camera would be made public for confirmation and record purposes.
“The release reads: “At about 11pm 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.
“However, the thugs and rogue Police Officers led by the two above-named police officers in Rivers State were vehemently repelled in a gun battle by the official security details attached to the Speaker, Rt. Hon. Barr. Edison Ogerenye Ehie, DSSRS.
“It is imperative to note that the armed rogues and officers were properly and fully captured by CCTV footage in the residence, which shall be made available to all media Houses, including the CNN, Aljazeera and other National and International media outlets for the records.
“Let it be on record that Rivers people, boys, girls, women, men including the aged shall in our numbers occupy the streets stark naked in demonstration against the Nigerian Police and those sponsoring violence in Rivers State, no matter how highly placed, Rivers people will resist them.
“Finally, should there be a breakdown of Law and order in Rivers State, President Bola Ahmed Tinubu should hold the above-named Officers, the Rivers State Police Command and their sponsors in Rivers State responsible.”