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Reps Take Over Rivers Assembly Functions
The House of Representatives has condemned in strong terms the fracas at the Rivers State legislative house on Tuesday and assumed interim control of the assembly in accordance with the Constitution.
Section 11, sub section 4 of the 1999 Constitution states that: “At any time when any House of Assembly of a state is unable to perform its functions by reason of the situation prevailing in the state, The National Assembly may make such Laws for the peace, order and good government of that state…until such time as the House of Assembly is able to resume its functions; and any such laws enacted by the National Assembly pursuant to this section shall have effect as if they were laws enacted by the House of Assembly of the state.”
At a special session presided over by the deputy speaker, EmekaIhedioha, on Wednesday, the members described as embarrassing and shameful the attempt by five anti-Amaechi lawmakers to dislodge the leadership of the House of Assembly.
They equally expressed anger over the action of the Rivers State Police Commissioner of Police, whom they said had continued to promote illegality in the state.
The federal lawmakers called for the removal and investigation of the police commissioner.
Also, the Inspector -General of Police, M.D Abubakar has vowed that any officer found guilty of misconduct would be appropriately sanctioned.
“I have sent a DIG (Deputy Inspector General) in charge of operations, he is in Port Harcourt and he will give me brief on all the happenings and the action taken by the Police in Rivers State and necessary action will be taken against anybody who has done anything stupid,” he said.
A five-man anti-Ameachi team of the Rivers State House of Assembly on Tuesday attacked the Speaker of the House,Otelemaba Amachree and the Majority Leader, Chidi Lloyd, with the assistance of some hoodlums.
In the process, at least four persons, including the Speaker and Lloyd were injured and rushed to the hospital, while the mace was destroyed.
The fracas is believed to be connected with the on-going silent battle between President Goodluck Jonathan and the state governor, Rotimi Amaechi; and a plan to impeach the Speaker.
Tensions have remained high as hundreds of pro and anti Amaechiyouths took over the streets of Port Harcourt protesting recent developments in the state.
While supporters of the Speaker criticized the attempt by a minority of five to impeach the Speaker, anti Amaechi elements denounced the alleged interference in legislative business in order to protect his own political interests.