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30.10.2023 Featured VIDEO: Police Tear-Gas Fubara, Assembly Building Burns in Rivers

Published 30th Oct, 2023

By Daniel Ojukwu

Police in Rivers State have fired teargas and shot water in the direction of Siminalayi Fubara, the state governor.

On Monday morning, the governor moved to the state house of assembly to challenge impeachment efforts against him, but police took to the streets to repel him.

In videos seen by FIJ, Fubara can be seen in the company of his supporters on a road as police fire out of their water tanks.

Soon after the incident, the governor spoke to pressmen. He said, “It is very very unfortunate that we should be experiencing this sort of thing again after about nine years ago when we had a similar experience.

“I got information, distressing information very late yesterday, and I said this morning I would come and see for myself. Anybody who knows me knows I am a simple person. I can never, never for any reason, even if I am aware there is plot to impeach me for whatever reason… I am not bothered about it, but I am worried that a facility like this that we used taxpayers’ money to build would be destroyed for selfish reasons, just to please somebody.”

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Fubara did not mention anyone he believed would be responsible for the attack, but many have speculated he had a fallout with Nyesom Wike, the Minister of the FCT and former Rivers State Governor.

Fubara also claimed that security agencies in the state were compromised. “They were shooting at me directly,” he said.

Meanwhile, fire razed parts of the assembly complex in the early hours of Monday, and as of press time, FIJ was unable to ascertain the source of the fire.

FIJ called and sent a message to Grace Harris Iringe-Koko, Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO), but she had not responded as of press time.

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Published 30th Oct, 2023

By Daniel Ojukwu

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