13 May 2014

Nigeria: Jonathan Asks for Extension of Emergency Rule in Borno, Yobe, Adamawa

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President Goodluck Jonathan

For the third time in a row, President Goodluck Jonathan, has again asked the National Assembly to give him the nod to extend the State of Emergency in the North East States of Adamawa, Borno and Yobe.

This is as the House of Representatives Tuesday urged Federal Roads Maintainance Agency (FERMA), and the Nigerian army sappers and others to urgently repair and fix the Gamborun- Ngala bridge, which has serious economic implication on the lives of the people of the town in Borno state and the their Cameroonian counterpart.

The bridge was damaged by Boko Haram insurgents Monday, May 5.

Invoking Section 305(6)(c) of the 1999 Constitution (as amended), which empowers him to place such rule, President Goodluck Jonathan sought the approval of the the House of Representatives, in a letter to Speaker of Aminu Waziri Tambuwal, dated May 5, 2014. He explained that this was because the "security situation in the three states remains daunting, albeit to varying degrees, in the face of persistent attacks by members of the Boko Haram sect on civilian and military targets with alarming casualty rates."

The president urged the lower chamber to consider and approve by resolution, the extension of the Proclamation of the State of Emergency in the affected states by a further term of six months from the date of expiration of the current term. Details to follow

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