Explosive hits Rivers assembly as Wike/Fubara rift worsens

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The Rivers State House of Assembly was engulfed in fire yesterday as explosives hit the complex over an alleged plot to impeach the state Governor Siminalayi Fubara.

The fire, which was reported at about 9.35pm on Sunday, caused the destruction of some properties before firefighters were able to put it off.

The complex has been taken over by policemen as about 17 security trucks and one Armoured Personnel Carrier were stationed at the entrance and surroundings.

TheLeadng gathered that the rift between former governor of Rivers state, Nyesom Wike and his successor, Fubara, has depreciated in recent days.Moves to amend the differences have proved abortive as pro-Wike lawmakers are plotting to impeach the governor.

It was learnt that arrangements have been concluded by the lawmakers to first impeach the House leader, Eddison Ehie, to pave the way for Fubara’s removal.

The House leader is said to have been blocking moves aimed at removing Fubara.

48-year-old Fubara previously served as accountant general of the Rivers State. He was born in Opobo Town in Opobo/Nkoro Local Government Area of Rivers State.

In May 2022, Fubara and 58 other government officials were declared wanted by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission for a NGN 435 billion fraud. He was also wanted for a NGN 117 billion fraud alongside four other Rivers State government officials. Additional charges by the EFCC included alleged criminal conspiracy, money laundering, misappropriation of public funds, and abuse of office.