Finally, Police Vacate Akwa Ibom Assembly Complex

The Nigerian police on Friday vacated the premises of Akwa Ibom State House of Assembly.

This is coming a day after Nigerian Senate directed the police to leave the premises of the House of Assembly to enable the lawmakers carry out their legislative activities.

All entrances to the complex which had been barricaded since Tuesday morning were on Friday November 23 opened.

The police had on Wednesday sealed off the House of Assembly without giving any justification. 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 morning, 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 and claimed they had removed Luke as speaker. They named Nse Ntuen (Essien Udim State Constituency) as their new speaker.

Senator Albert Akpan (PDP Akwa Ibom North East) at the plenary on Thursday said the closure of the House of Assembly was preventing the lawmakers from accessing their offices and the chamber.

The Senate after debating on the issue directed the police to vacate the state assembly complex in Uyo, the state capital.

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