Police Finally Vacate Akwa Ibom Assembly

The Police on Friday ended their siege on the Akwa Ibom State House of Assembly – bringing an end to a blockade that began Tuesday.

The Assembly had been cordoned off by armed police personnel following a crisis that erupted on Monday after irate youths besieged the complex.

The Speaker, Onofiok Luke, had declared the seats of five lawmakers who had defected from Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) to the All Progressives Congress (APC), vacant, a situation which later led to alleged thugs, disrupting plenary.

The police, thereafter, sealed off the complex, denying the lawmakers and staff of the Assembly access.

Consequently, the Senate ordered an investigation into the sealing of the Assembly, after the issue was raised by Senator Bassey Akpan, representing Akwa Ibom North-East, with senate president Bukola Saraki describing the action as ‘brutal’.

Later on Thursday, the Senate ordered the police to immediately vacate the assembly so legislators can carry out their duties.

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