Police on Friday ended their siege on the Akwa Ibom State House of Assembly.
Newsmen recalls that all entrances to the complex were barricaded since Wednesday morning by a combined force of Police, Army and Civil Defense, thereby barring even the House of Assembly staff from gaining entrance.
The development came hours after 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.
Subsequently, the Senate on Thursday directed the police allegedly laying siege and sealing off the Akwa Ibom State House of Assembly to vacate forthwith or risk six months sentence as provided by the constitution of the country.
However, the assembly has now been opened as the police vacated the premises on Friday.