The House of Representatives has given approval for the extension of the emergency rule imposed on the three northeastern states of Borno, Yobe and Adamawa states by six months. Lawmakers from the region and state governors of the affected states had kicked against the decision for an extension and asked that the emergency rule has not stopped the insurgency in the region.
President Goodluck Jonathan had in a letter to the House dated May 13, requested an extension of the state of emergency on the three states by another six months.
The House in November 2013, had approved the extension of the emergency rule imposed on the states. And following the provisions of Section 305 (6) (c) of the constitution as amended, the extension elapses after a period of six months from the date of approval except the House re- extended the period.
The decision on the extension followed a majority vote by members today after a closed door meeting with Service Chiefs in attendance, which was presided over by Speaker, Aminu Tambuwal.