Some suspected arsonists threw explosive into the Rivers State House of Assembly complex on Sunday night.
The happened amid alleged moves by some lawmakers to impeach Governor Siminalayi Fubara.
It was gathered that the explosive was thrown into the complex around 9:25pm, causing a fire in the building.
Though the spokesperson for the state police command, Grace Iringe-Koko, could not be reached on her mobile, a senior police officer confirmed the incident to Punchng.
It was gathered that some properties inside the chamber were destroyed.
According to Punchng, the police officer, who pleaded anonymity due to the sensitive nature of the incident, claimed it was politically motivated.
“Yes it is true. The fire occurred around 9:30pm or so. But as we speak, it (the fire) has been put out by firefighters who arrived at the scene just in time. I think it has to do with politics,” he stated.
It was gathered that arrangements have been concluded by some lawmakers in the state legislature 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.
Punchng reports that – as at about 10:30 pm, the police and other security operatives had taken over the complex, as about 17 security trucks and one Armoured Personnel Carrier were stationed at the entrance and surroundings.