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FG To Extend Emergency Rule In North East, Says Justice Minister

The Minister of Justice, Mohammed Adoke, on Monday said that the federal government would seek an extension to the state of emergency in the restive North east for another six months.

The extension would apparently roll into the forth coming general elections in 2015.

Adoke made this known to newsmen shortly after the meeting of the National Defence Council in Abuja.

“We just reviewed the state of emergency declared in three states and the government will be requesting the National Assembly to grant the extension,” Adoke said.

Adoke said the extension request may be granted by lawmakers on Tuesday, adding that it would have to be approved by a majority in two chambers of the National Assembly.

BokoHaram terrorists have overrun several communities in the region and in the process killed scores of innocent citizens.

President Goodluck Jonathan first declared a state of emergency in Adamawa, Borno and Yobe states in May 2013, saying that the military was in need of improved powers to fight insurgency in the region.

The six months period approved by the National Assembly expires on Thursday.

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