Police Vacate Akwa Ibom House Of Assembly
Operatives of the Nigerian Police Force (NPF) have ended their siege on the Akwa Ibom State House of Assembly.
This follows Thursday’s ruling of the Senate ordering the police to leave the assembly complex.
All entrances to the complex that had been barricaded since Tuesday are now opened.
The police trucks and the anti-riot officers that had barricaded the road leading to the complex were no longer there.
The House was sealed off 48 hours after the All Progressives Congress youths protested the sack of a lawmaker, Idongesit Ituen.
Ituen, who represents the Itu State Constituency, was sacked by a Federal High Court for defecting from the ruling Peoples Democratic Party to the APC.
At the sitting of the House on Monday, the Speaker, Onofiok Luke, declared the seats of four other lawmakers, who defected from the PDP to the APC, vacant.
But the five sacked lawmakers later met to remove Luke as Speaker. They elected one of them, Nse Ntuen (Essien Udim State Constituency) to replace him.
The police, thereafter, sealed off the complex, denying the lawmakers and staff of the Assembly access.
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