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Court judgment: Police take over Cross River Assembly

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ARMED policemen on Tuesday morning, took over the Cross River State House of Assembly, Calabar, blocking all entrances with restricted movement into the Assembly complex on Diamond Hill.

  Their presence followed the High Court ruling on Monday, sacking 20 lawmakers in the state for defecting from the People’s Democratic Party to the All Progressives Congress.

  They took positions as early as 6 a.m., Tuesday, according to eyewitnesses.

  The different units included the anti-kidnapping and cultism squad and the regular policemen, armed to the teeth.

They have also occupied the Assembly’s premises.

  It is suspected that the security build up is as a result of the judgment delivered by a Federal High Court in Abuja, presided over by Justice Taiwo Taiwo, which sacked 18 lawmakers from the state and two in the House of Representatives for crossing from the PDP to the APC on   May 20, 2021.

  Some of the policemen are also seen standing close to Governor Ben Ayade’s office, which is a few metres away.

  Motorists and innocent passers-by are having difficult time meandering through the crowd of security men, their vans and other onlookers.

  The ruling APC had said they had applied to the court for stay of execution of the judgment, while they had proceeded to the Appeal Court.

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