By Godwin Ajom, Calabar
The police in Cross River State have defended their decision to lay siege on the house of assembly complex. The police took over the complex on Tuesday morning, hours after the Federal High Court in Abuja sacked the legislators.
Our correspondent reports that heavily armed security men have been at the Hope Waddel Avenue; the road that leads to the Assembly quarters. Movement into and out of the complex has been restricted.
Also, no legislator is allowed into and out of the Assembly quarters where some of the legislators live. Even staff of the Assembly have been denied access to their offices.
Police Public Relations Officer, PPRO, Irene Ugbo, told TNN that the essence of the barricade was to secure government’s property as a result of the judgement.
“Nothing is happening, we are just protecting government’s property. We are doing that in respect of the pronouncement of the Abuja Federal High Court yesterday.
“So in order to stabilize the area, some people in a situation like this will agree while some will disagree and some miscreants may want to invade the place. So we are just ensuring law and order, to stabilize the place, that’s all,” she said.
The security personnel comprising of the Nigerian Security and Civil Defence Corp, mobile policeman, Anti-Kidnapping and Cultism Squad, among others, were seen in and outside the assembly.