Police officers were forced to barricade the Akwa Ibom State House of Assembly complex on Monday, November 19, 2018, as its surrounding area was surrounded by suspected thugs who condemned the dismissal of a lawmaker.

Idongesit Ituen (Itu constituency) was recently sacked as a member of the Assembly by the Federal High Court in Uyo following his defection from the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) to the All Progressives Congress (APC). 

The court directed the Assembly to declare Ituen's seat vacant.

Ituen had filed the suit in September to pre-empt House Speaker, Onofiok Luke, from declaring his seat vacant after his defection but lost in the court's ruling that was announced last week.

With expectations that Luke would officially declare Ituen's seat vacate during Monday's plenary, a crowd of youths, identified as APC members, mobilised for a demonstration at the complex.

The protesters carried placards calling on the assembly to reinstate the sacked lawmaker. They also set up bonfires on the road leading to the Assembly complex, thereby obstructing the free flow of traffic.

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