Tensions escalated at the Rivers State House of Assembly Complex on Monday as lawmakers gathered to initiate impeachment proceedings against Governor Siminalayi Fubara.
The dramatic session, attended by approximately 23 lawmakers and Speaker Martin Amaewhule, took an unexpected turn.
During the proceedings, Speaker Amaewhule presided over the impeachment process, which also led to the suspension of House Leader Edison Ehie and several colleagues perceived as loyal to the governor.
Notably, this follows an explosion that occurred in the assembly complex the previous night, resulting in significant damage to the chamber.
The situation became even more volatile after the sitting, as lawmakers, accompanied by a heavy security detail, left the Assembly around 8:15 am.
The commotion escalated, with gunshots and teargas leading to chaos in the vicinity. Policemen began pursuing people, including workers in offices situated nearby.