that the Nigeria Police Force on Tuesday, March 22, took over all routes leading to the premises of Cross River state House of Assembly. Different units of the police including the anti-kidnapping, cultism squad and regular policemen all armed took positions as early as 6am. According to eyewitnesses, the presence of armed securty operatives was seen inside the premises of the Assembly. Their presence followed the Federal High Court ruling on Monday, March 21, sacking 20 lawmakers in the state for defecting from the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) to the All Progressives Congress (APC). Justice Taiwo Taiwo sacked 18 lawmakers from the state and two in the House of Representatives.
It was reported that the Cross River State government has approached the Court of Appeal in Abuja seeking a stay of execution against the judgement of a Federal High Court which sacked the speaker of the Cross River state House of Assembly, Eteng Williams, and 17 of his colleagues over their defection from PDP to APC.
The special adviser on media and publicity to the state governor, Christian Ita, in a statement, noted that a motion on stay of execution has also been filed at the Federal High Court. He urged the lawmakers at the State House of Assembly and those at the National Assembly to go about their duties freely.