Rivers Assembly Complex Under Demolition

The Rivers state government has begun the demolition of the state house of assembly complex in Port Harcourt, the state capital.

The demolition, which started around 6 am on Wednesday, was reportedly meant for renovation purposes, but some observers have linked it to the ongoing political crisis in the state.

The complex had suffered a fire outbreak on October 30, following the escalation of the impeachment plot against Governor Siminalayi Fubara.

The government had announced its intention to renovate the complex after the fire incident.

On Tuesday, a Rivers state high court in Port Harcourt affirmed Edison Ehie, a loyalist of Fubara, as the legitimate speaker of the state house of assembly.

Justice M.W Danagogo issued an order restraining Martin Amaewhule and Dumle Maol from acting as presiding officers of the house or meddling with the affairs of Ehie.

The judge also cautioned against the use of thugs and police officers to forcibly enter the assembly premises.

The demolition of the complex coincides with the defection of 27 lawmakers from the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) to the All Progressives Congress (APC).