AKWA Ibom State House of Assembly Complex would have been razed following the crisis resulting from the sack of five All Progressives Congress (APC) lawmakers by the Speaker, Onofiok Luke, last week, it was learnt.
A statement by the police spokesman, Odiko Macdon, said the Commissioner of Police, Musa Kimo, addressed reporters at the weekend.
According to him, the timely deployment of operatives prevented hoodlums from torching the complex.
Rather than accuse the police of partisanship and conspiracy in the crisis, Kimo said the police should be praised for saving the state from the tragedy that would have befallen it.
The statement absolved the police of complicity with any party in the crisis, insisting the police was professional in handling the situation.
He urged the people to be calm and law abiding, assuring them that the police would always protect life and property, as well as maintain law and order.
The statement reads: “On November 19, the seats of the five lawmakers from APC were declared vacant, leading to tension. Consequent upon this, and to forestall breakdown of law and order, the police command took a proactive step by deploying security personnel around the Assembly complex.
“This measure helped to prevent the Assembly complex from being burnt or vandalised and ensure that no one died.
“I call on the people to remain calm and law abiding as the police will not be derailed from performing its constitutional mandate of protecting life and property, and maintaining law and order. This we will continue to do in a most professional and non-partisan way.”
Macdon urged the people to eschew the blame game and partner the police and other security agencies to sustain peace.