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Heavy Gunfire Reported As Rivers LGA Chair Moves To Access Office

 

Heavy gunfire erupted at the Port Harcourt City Local Government Area in Rivers State when the chairman, Hon Allwell Ihundah, attempted to access his office today. The situation has caused widespread tension, leading to temporary closures of businesses in the vicinity

According to reports, Chairman Ihundah arrived at the council secretariat accompanied by his security personnel, only to be confronted by youths who have occupied the premises since Monday. These youths are refusing to vacate despite the expiration of the three-year tenure of elected Local Government Chairmen and Councillors on June 17, as mandated by the Constitution.

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The local government bosses have contested their removal, citing an alleged amendment to the Local Government Administration Law by the state assembly, which purportedly extended their tenure by six months. However, this amendment was nullified by a State High Court in Port Harcourt.

Governor Siminialayi Fubara addressed the situation in a statewide broadcast, bidding farewell to the elected officials and asserting that their legal tenure has ended. Nonetheless, tensions escalated today when Chairman Ihundah attempted to retrieve personal items from his office but encountered resistance from the occupying youths.

In response, police accompanying the chairman reportedly fired shots into the air to disperse the crowd, but the youths stood their ground, leading to continued unrest at the council premises.

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