President Goodluck Ebele Jonathan has on Tuesday May 13, 2013 requested the National Assembly to extend the emergency rule in Adamawa, Bornu and Yobe States for another six months.
In a letter to the two chambers of the National Assembly, the President observed that by virtue of section 305(6) (c) of the 1999 Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria as amended, the proclamation of the State of Emergency in the three states would have elapsed after six months from the date of its first approval by the National Assembly.
He also noted that representations were made to the National Assembly to that effect, while substantial progress was made to contain the situation and restore normalcy in the affected States; indicating that the security situation which necessitated the proclamation has not yet subsided.
President Goodluck Jonathan in his letter on the issue, informed the Senate that the security situation in these States has remained daunting to some level in the face of persistent attacks on civilian and military targets by members of the Boko Haram sect with alarming casualty rates.
He requested the Nigerian Senate to consider and approve by resolution, the extension of the proclamation of the State of Emergency in Adamawa, Bornu and Yobe States by a further term of six months from the date of expiration of the current term.
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