Improvised Explosive Device(IED) on Monday morning exploded at Ahoada East High Court just before a case brought against self-acclaimed speaker of Rivers state House of Assembly, Hon. Evans Bipi was due to commence. It is not clear how many people were injured in the incident.
The Anti-Bipi group in the Rivers State House of Assembly had instituted the suit seeking an injunction to restrain Bipi from parading himself as speaker of the House.
The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) said a team of lawyer from Lagos and Abuja had arrived the state for the hearing only to discover that the court has been bombed.
Meanwhile the All Progress Congress (APC ) has accused the PDP of orchestrating the bombing.
“We are aware that the present PDP in Rivers State under Chief Wike is violence prone but we wish to reiterate that no amount of violence and intimidation will cause us to surrender the mandate freely given to us by the Rivers State people to a group that have demonstrated total disdain to democratic principles, ” Special Adviser on Media and Publicity to the Interim Chairman of APC in the state, Mr. Chukwuemeka Eze said, adding “It is very unfortunate and sad to note that Ahoada East High Court premises of Rivers State South-South of Nigeria was bombed and set ablaze this morning by agents of undemocratic elements. Those that perpetuated this heinous act may not be far from those who are not comfortable with the ruling of His Lordship, Hon. Justice C. N. Wali, of 16th December 2013 barring Hon. Evans Bipi, leader of the G6 rebel members of the Rivers State House of Assembly, from parading himself as Speaker of the Assembly.
“It is on record that the Rivers State Chapter of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) sponsored by Chief Nyesom Wike, the Supervising Minister of Education, has over the time condemned this ruling of the Ahoada East High Court because it threw a spanner in its plot to use the rebel lawmakers led by Bipi to impeach Governor Chibuike Rotimi Amaechi in a House of 32 members. But the question we need to ask is, does the bombing of this court make Hon Bipi the Speaker of Rivers State House of Assembly? One would have expected this group of misfits to challenge the ruling of the High Court at Ahaoda East in a higher court instead of sponsoring this act that exposes them as agents of violence.
“The record exposing the agenda of this misguided group for Rivers State and her people as violence prone was exhibited few days ago when security agencies in Rivers State caught six youths with various sophisticated and dangerous arms at Ogu the home town of Senator Sekibo and Hon Bipi. The suspects have been linked to Senator George Sekibo and Hon. Evans Bipi, both chieftains of the state chapter of the PDP led by Chief Wike, the Supervising Minister of Education, whose determination to destabilise the administration of Governor Amaechi is well known to all and sundry”, he said.