Abuja - The House of Representatives on Wednesday
in Abuja approved the extension of emergency rule in Adamawa, Borno and
Yobe for another six months.
President Goodluck Jonathan, in a letter dated November 5, to the
National Assembly, sought an extension of emergency rule he declared in
Borno, Yobe and Adamawa on May 14.
This 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 the house on May 21 considered and adopted the
report on the state of emergency (certain states of the federation)
proclamation, 2013 by majority votes of 253.
She said by virtue of the provisions of Section 305 (6) (c) of the
1999 Constitution, the proclamation would elapse after a period of six
months from the date of approval.
"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.’’
According to her, the emergency rule will remain in force from time
to time for a further period of six months by resolution passed in like
She 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 rule.
The legislator stressed that the chief of defence staff and other
service chiefs had briefed the house on the state of security in the
It would be recalled that the Senate on November 6 considered and
approved the extension of the emergency rule in the three