The Young Emerging Leaders Initiative (YELI) has strongly denounced the reported assassination attempt on factional Rivers Speaker Edison Ogerenye Ehie that occurred on Sunday. The incident involved a group of individuals purportedly identified as political thugs who invaded the Speaker’s residence.

In an official statement titled “YELI Condemns Assassination on the Speaker, Rivers State House of Assembly,” the Initiative expressed deep concern over verified reports outlining a vicious attack on the life of Honorable Speaker RT Hon. Barr. Edison Ogerenye Ehie (DSSRS) the previous night.

The statement revealed that the assailants, allegedly comprising a detachment of rogue police officers led by Superintendent of Police Irikefe London Owen (attached to CTU B 3 RSV) and Chief Superintendent of Police Salihu Masalachi, accompanied by a group of dangerous thugs, were responsible for the attack.

YELI vehemently condemned the bold assault on the residence of the Honorable Speaker, describing it as regrettable that an institution entrusted with the constitutional duty of safeguarding citizens’ lives and properties would allow its operatives to engage in illicit and reprehensible activities.

The incident unfolded around 11 pm on Sunday, the 19th day of November 2023, when armed thugs and rogue police officers, led by SP. Irikefe London Owen and CSP Salihu Masalachi, allegedly attacked the private residence of Rivers State House of Assembly Speaker Rt. Hon. Barr. Edison Ogerenye Ehie, DSSRS. However, the official security details attached to the Speaker reportedly repelled the attackers in a gun battle.

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