People scampered around for safety on Wednesday as gunshots boomed around the Rivers State Government House in Port Harcourt.
The shooting is believed to be as a result of a supremacy battle between the police and thugs trying to gain access into the Government House.
Street Journal gathered that the sporadic gun battle started on Aggrey Road, not far from the Rivers State Government House.
The first rounds of shots were believed to have come from a group loyal to anti-Amaechi politicians in the state.
Another group of youths believed to be holding a march in support of the Governor, Chibuike Rotimi Amaechi hurriedly dispersed as policemen fired tear gas canisters. It will be recalled that the Rivers State Command of the Nigerian Police Force has placed a ban on all forms of processions in the state
Meanwhile, after the violence that rocked the House of Assembly on Tuesday, security around the Assembly Complex has been beefed up. Apart from the heavy police presence, armoured personnel carriers were seen around the complex on Wednesday.
A resident who narrated another version of the Wednesday incident to Street Journal on phone disclosed that a number of pro-Amaechi supporters gathered to protest the attempted impeachment of the Speaker of the House of Assembly. The resident stated that “the policemen fired tear gas and shot into the air to disperse the protesters who were forced to run towards the Government House. The police continued shelling them with tear gas but no one knows why they fired tear gas into the Government House”.
The House of Representatives also called off its recess in order to deliberate on the political tension mounting in Rivers State and the decision arrived at was that the House of Reps should take over the functions of the Rivers State House of Assembly.