Jonathan seeks emergency rule extension in 3 states, directs Adoke to write NASS

By The Citizen

President Goodluck Jonathan has directed the Attorney General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Mohammed Adoke, to write the National Assembly to seek extension of the state of emergency in Adamawa, Borno and Yobe States for the third time.

The decision to extend it for the third time was taken at a meeting of the National Defence Council presided over by Jonathan on Monday in Abuja.

Adoke disclosed the council’s decision to State House correspondents when he was accusted for comments.

He said having reviewed the emergency rule, the council resolved that the government should request the National Assembly to extend the emergency rule.

When asked when the request would be sent bearing in mind that an arm of the National Assembly is currently on break, the minister said it would be done immediately.

“The council reviewed the issue of the state of emergency and the government will be requesting the National Assembly to extend the emergency rule. It (the communication) will go in immediately,” he said.

The Council which is one of the federal executive bodies established by Section 135 of the nation's Constitution has the power to advise the President on matters relating to the defence of the sovereignty and territorial integrity of Nigeria.

Its members include the President who shall be the chairman; the Vice President who shall be the Deputy Chairman; Minister of Defence; Chief of Defence Staff; Chief of Army Staff; Chief of Naval Staff; Chief of Air Staff; and such other members as the President may appoint.

Those who attended the Monday meeting included the CDS, Air Chief Marshal Alex Badeh; COAS, Lt.-Gen. Kenneth Minimah; CNS, Vice Admiral Usman Jibrin; CAS, Air Marshal Adesola Amosu; Inspector-General of Police, Mr. Suleiman Abba; and the National Security Adviser,  Col.  Sambo Dasuki (retd.).

Others were Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Senator Pius Anyim; Minister of Defence, Gen. Aliyu Guasu (retd.); and the Minister of Interior, Mr. Aba Moro.

He then sought and got the first six months extension on November 2013 and got the third tranche of six-month emergency extention on May 2014 which will  expire on Thursday.

While declaring emergency rule in the three states in May 2013 in a nationwide broadcast, Jonathan had invoked Section 305 (1) of the 1999 Constitution as amended.

He had announced that regardless of the state of  emergency imposed, the political structures in the affected states would remain intact.