Reps Approves Extension Of Emergency Rule

The House of Representatives on Wednesday approved the extension of emergency rule in Adamawa, Borno and Yobe for another six months.

The Senate had on Novemner 6 considered and approved the extension of the emergency rule in the three states.

President Goodluck Jonathan, in a letter dated November 5 2013, to the National Assembly, sought an extension of emergency rule he declared in Borno, Yobe and Adamawa on May 14 this year.

This House resolution followed a motion by the Majority Leader, Mulikat Akande-Adeola, which was unanimously adopted without debate after a closed-door meeting with the Chief of Defence Staff and service chiefs.

    Akande-Adeola said 253 members of the house on May 21 considered and adopted the report on the state of emergency proclamation which elapsed after a period of six months by virtue of the provisions of Section 305 (6) (c) of the 1999 Constitution.

    Section 305 (6) (c) states that provided that the National Assembly may before the expiration of the period of six months aforesaid extend the period for the proclamation of the state of emergency.

    The legislator said that following the efforts made so far by security agencies deployed to the affected states in curtailing the activities of insurgents, it was pertinent to extend the period of the emergency rule.

    She said that the Chief of Defence Staff and other service chiefs had briefed the house on the state of security in the affected states.

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