Officers of the Nigeria Police Force have taken over all routes leading to the premises of Cross River State House of Assembly.
This comes barely 24-hours after Justice Taiwo Taiwo of an Abuja High Court sacked 18 of the lawmakers from the state House of Assembly and two from the House of Representatives for defecting from the Peoples Democratic Party to the All Progressives Congress.
The police units are drawn from the Anti-Kidnapping, Cultism Squad, and regular policemen are positioned inside and outside the premises of the Assembly.
Some of the policemen were also seen standing close to Governor Ben Ayade’s office, which is a stone’s throw.
Opposite the route to the Assembly is the UJ Esuene Stadium Calabar. Men suspected to be political party supporters can also be seen smoking and sipping hot drinks. Motorists and passersby are having difficulty meandering through the crowd of security men and their vans.