Pandemonium broke out on Tuesday at the Rivers state House of Assembly when hoodlums broke into the House and attempted to seize the mace, the authority of the House.
Five members of the House led by Evans Bipi had moved to impeach the Speaker and in the process, the hoodlums were said to have also assaulted the Speaker of the House, Otelema Amachree.
Rivers state Commissioner for Information, Ibim Semenitari, confirmed this in a telephone interview with Channels Television.
She revealed that commotion started when Mr Bipi walked up to the speaker and started ‘slapping’ him as members were still exchanging pleasantries. While that was going on, they didn’t know that some hoodlums had accessed the assembly.
“As the governor got there, some people began to shout, “Shoot him, “shoot him”. They were standing in the gallery.
“These were policemen who are paid by tax payers, when somebody tried to rush to attack the governor, people had to protect the governor” she disclosed.
During the commotion, the leader of the house was said to be injured and rushed to the Government House clinic for treatment.