February 22, 2017

Boko Haram: President Jonathan seeks to extend emergency rule by 6 months

Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan has requested the approval of the Senate to extend the state of emergency declared in Adamawa, Borno and Yobe States in the northeast, reports have said.

The request came from the president on Wednesday, following a resurgence of Boko Haram attacks in the volatile regions.

President Jonathan on May 14 declared a state of emergency in the northeastern states intent on flushing out the terrorist sect. Thousands of troops have since been deployed into the region, employing strong force in the war on terror.

The emergency rule was seemingly successful in its early stages, with the military task force recording several Boko Haram insurgents dead and more yet arrested, but in recent months the sect has continued to stage several violent attacks resulting in the deaths of more civilians.

Senate President David Mark read the letter signed by Jonathan to the Senate, in which the president notes the laudable efforts of the military to curb Boko Haram menace in affected states.

However, the president says security challenges in Adamawa, Borno and Yobe states compel him to seek an extension of the emergency rul for another six months from November 12.

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