‘Emer­gency rule ends in May’

Daily Trust - - FRONT PAGE - By Tu­raki A. Has­san

Con­trary to me­dia re­ports, the state of emer­gency de­clared by Pres­i­dent Good­luck Jonathan in three North- East states of Adamawa, Borno and Yobe will ex­pire on May 12 six months af­ter it was ap­proved, Chair­man Se­nate com­mit­tee on Rules and Busi­ness Ita Enang has said.

Speak­ing to Daily Trust on the tele­phone yes­ter­day, Enang (PDP, Akwa Ibom) said the emer­gency rule takes ef­fect from the date it was ap­proved by the Na­tional As­sem­bly and not the date it was de­clared by the Pres­i­dent.

“The in­stru­ment of ap­proval takes ef­fect from the date it was ap­proved but not when it was de­clared and it will last for ex­actly six months,” Enang said.

How­ever, Se­na­tor Enang said he would not com­ment on whether it should be ex­tended or not un­til Pres­i­dent Good­luck Jonathan sends in a re­quest seek­ing for its ex­ten­sion.

The emer­gency rule was first de­clared in May last year by Pres­i­dent Jonathan to curb ris­ing Boko Haram in­sur­gents’ at­tack. It ex­pired on Novem­ber 12, 2013.

Jonathan also re­quested the Na­tional As­sem­bly to ex­tend it for an­other six months.

Al­ready, many law­mak­ers es­pe­cially those from the three af­fected states have ex­pressed stiff op­po­si­tion to ru­mored plans by the federal govern­ment to ex­tend the emer­gency rule.

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