Abuja - President Goodluck Jonathan asked the senate for a six-month extension to the state of emergency in three troubled northeastern states riven by Boko Haram militant violence.
“I most respectfully request the distinguished senators to consider and approve by resolution an extension of the proclamation of the state of emergency in Adamawa, Borno and Yobe states by a further term of six months from the date of expiration of the current time,” Jonathan wrote in a letter seen by AFP.
The emergency rule was first introduced in the three states in May last year, before it was extended by another six months in November. A further extension will ensure it continues to November, three months to the general elections in Nigeria.
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