State of emergency extension approved

borno: Image: Sunday Alamba/Associated Press

Lawmakers on Thursday approved a request by the President Goodluck Jonathan to prolong emergency rule in the restive northeast by a further six months to try to quell a bloody Islamist insurgency.

Senators in the upper house of parliament voted unanimously in favour of the request and agreed “to extend the state of emergency in Adamawa, Borno and Yobe states on the same terms and conditions”, the approved motion read.

Emergency rule was declared in the three states in May as part of government efforts to curb attacks by Boko Haram fighters and saw thousands of additional troops flood into the area, supported by air power.

Jonathan said in a letter to lawmakers on Wednesday that the army had achieved “considerable successes” in containing the militants but “some security challenges still exist”.

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