20th November, 2023
* Edison Ehie hasn’t forwarded proof alleged attack or filed any Complaint- CP Tunji Disu
Okafor Ofiebor/Port Harcourt
Rivers Police Command has dismissed reports that there was an assassination attempt on the life of the factional Speaker of the State House of Assembly, Edison Ehie, at about 11 pm on Sunday 19th November 2023.
Rivers Commissioner of Police, Olatunji Disu, said that the policemen who Ehie alleged were on a mission to kill him were just on routine patrol.
CP Disu said: “The preliminary investigations we have done so far, this morning, have not revealed any assassination attempt, all I knew was that Police officers were on patrol, convoy patrol, It’s a routine thing and then we have made frantic efforts to get across to the leader to give us any information he has, so that we can include it in what we already have. So far so good, nothing to worry about.
“My plea to him and every other person is, if there is any complaint, my number is going to be made public, they should call me quickly and I will quickly look into it. For now, I haven’t gotten anything like that,” Disu said.
Asked if there has been any formal complaint by the factional Speaker Edison Ehie, CP Disu said: “No. I have received any formal complaint”.
Our correspondent reports that the Commissioner of Police was answering questions from the Government House Press Corps after briefing Governor Fubara this morning.
Earlier reports indicated that armed thugs and some Policemen attacked the private residence of the factional Speaker of Rivers House of Assembly loyal to Governor Siminalayi Fubara Edison Ogerenye Ehie in a suspected assassination attempt.
A statement circulated to the media outlets by one Ken Uchendu, Legislative Correspondent, Rivers State House of Assembly had indicated that at about 11pm on Sunday, a group of armed thugs and some police officers attacked the private residence of Edison to assassinate him and members of his family.
He claimed that the thugs and some rogue Police Officers led by the two (Police Officer’s names withheld) 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.
“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 CNN, Aljazeera and other National and International media outlets for the records.
“In the same vein, the Speaker would be addressing a World Press conference on Monday the 20th of November, 2023.
“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 a demonstration against the Nigerian Police and those sponsoring violence in Rivers State, no matter how highly placed, Rivers people will resist them”.
The press statement warned should there be a breakdown of Law and order in Rivers State, President Bola Ahmed Tinubu should hold officers (names withheld)in the Rivers State Police Command and their sponsors should be held responsible.