The Rivers State Police Command on Tuesday, October 31, officially acknowledged the arrest of 122 individuals, including youth leader Chijioke Ihunwo, who were involved in an attack on the residence of the speaker of the House of Assembly, Martins Amaewhule.
According to a statement from the Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO), SP. Grace Iringe-Koko, the incident, led by Ihunwo, occurred at approximately 11:30 a.m. and took place at the speaker’s residence situated on Forces Avenue, Old GRA, in Port Harcourt.
The statement said: “On Tuesday, 31/10/2023 at about 1130hrs, have arrested some group of youths led by Amb. Chijioke Ihunwo, who, with intent to commit a felony, went to the official residence of Rt. Hon. Martins Amaewhule, the Speaker of the Rivers State House of Assembly, located at Forces Avenue, Old GRA, Port Harcourt, where they forcefully gained entrance into the Speaker’s Residence and maliciously damaged the gate of the house.
“While they were carrying out their nefarious activities at the scene, a distress call was received by the control room of the command, tactical teams were immediately deployed to the scene, where one hundred and twenty-two (122) suspects, including the said Amb. Chijioke Ihunwo, were arrested and taken to the State Criminal Investigation Department (SCID), Port Harcourt, for a discrete investigation.
“Meanwhile, the command has emplaced adequate security at the State House of Assembly Complex, including the speaker’s House and other strategic locations/infrastructure in the state to forestall any ugly incident.”