Saturday, 25 May 2013
Jonathan Ends State of Emergency In 15 Local Councils
President Goodluck Jonathan has ended the state of emergency he imposed on 15 local government areas on December 31, 2011, following a wave of violence and killings by the Boko Haram sect.
The move, announced today by the Attorney-General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Mr. Mohammed Adoke, suggests that security has improved in the four affected States: Plateau, Borno, Yobe, and Niger.
In a statement, Mr. Adoke said the move followed a review of the security situation in the affected 15 local government areas, and that the appropriate authorities at the local and state government levels will now be responsible for the maintenance of security, law and order there.
“The Federal Government will continue to work assiduously with relevant stakeholders to ensure security in the country and calls for concerted efforts by all citizens to secure the country," he said.
But Alhaji Ibrahim Nigi, from Bauchi State, said there was no need to lift the emergency, wondering whether the emergency rule was even observed while in place.
He said the non-effectiveness of the emergency rule might have forced the government to forget its planned renewal.
The affected local governments were Jos North, Jos South, Barkin-Ladi and Riyom in Plateau State, and Suleja Local Government in Niger State.
Others were Maiduguri Metropolitan, Gamboru Ngala, Banki Bama and Jere in Borno State; and Damaturu, Geidam, Potiskum, Buniyadi-Gujba and Gasua-Bade in Yobe State.