The chairman, Senate committee on petroleum (downstream), Magnus Abe, has criticised the attack on the Speaker of the Rivers House of Assembly, Otelemaba Amachree on Tuesday.
He described the attack as a shame and a slap on democracy.
A fracas ensued between five – man anti-Rotimi Amaechi group of the assembly and the remaining 27 members just as the Speaker and the Majority Leader, Chidi Lloyd, arrived at the Assembly for the day’s sitting.
It was gathered that the anti – Amaechi group, arrived with some hoodlums and started beating up Amachree and Lloyd and, breaking the mace in the process.
It is believed that the move of the five members who are on the side of Nyesom Wike, a minister in Goodluck Jonathan’s cabinet and a sworn enemy of the Rivers State governor, Rotimi Amaechi, is part of a grand plan to impeach the Speaker.
With the Speaker and Lloyd wounded and ferried to the hospital, others members of the House fled the assembly complex momentarily allowing the five anti Amaechi members sit and attempt to impeach Amachree.