Room 028 of the House of Representatives in the National Assembly Complex, venue of the public hearing on the Petroleum Industry Bill, PIB, was thrown into pandemonium following a fight by some attendants.
Individuals involved in the fight were said to be members of the oil-producing communities who had come to make presentations on the bill.
The fight broke out exactly 12:10 pm when the Chairman of the Ad hoc Committee on PIB, Hon. Mohammed Monguno, who had been moderating the proceedings, called the host communities to make their presentations.
It all began when one of the Itsekiri leaders got up to speak. He was immediately shouted down by other members of host communities. A free-for-all and kerfuffle ensued and all hell was let loose as lawmakers scampered for safety.
It took the police to restore calm. Proceedings continued soon after but tempers were yet to cool.