18 July 2012

Nigeria: Jonathan Lifts State of Emergency in Borno, Others

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Nigerian police.

President Goodluck Jonathan Wednesday lifted the state of emergency imposed on fifteen local government areas of four states in the North-East and North Central geo-political zones about six months ago,

Invoking the provisions of section 305(1) of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, President Jonathan had declared a state of emergency in a nationwide broadcast on December 31st, 2011 shortly after the Christmas Day bombing of St Theresa's Catholic Church, Madalla. .

"With the end of State of Emergency, the appropriate authorities at the Local and State Government levels shall be responsible for the maintenance of security, law and order in the affected areas", according to a statement issued by the Justice Minister and Attorney General of the Federation, Mohammed Bello Adoke.

The president Wednesday directed that all soldiers deployed to the areas should disengage immediately as the appropriate authorities at the state and local governments have been ordered to take full charge of security.

The four Northern states hitherto affected were Plateau, Yobe, Niger and Borno.

Areas affected in Borno State include Maidugiri Metropolitan, Gamboru Ngala, Banki, Bama, Biu and Jere LGA. In Yobe State; Damaturu, Geidam Potiskum, Buniyadi-Gujba and Gashua-Bade local government areas were affected, while in Plateau State; Jos North, Jos South, Barkin-Ladi and Riyom local government areas had the emergency regime slammed on them. Only one local government area, Suleja was affected in Niger State.

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