Jonathan declares state of emergency


President Goodluck Jonathan has declared a state of emergency in a number of northern states in Nigeria following Christmas day and other attacks by the Islamist group Boko Haram.

The president who visited the area yesterday said that areas of the Yobe and Borno states in the north-east, Plateau state in central Nigeria and Niger state in the east would fall under the state of emergency ruling.

In a state broadcast said that “While the search for lasting solutions is ongoing, it has become imperative to take some decisive measures necessary to restore normalcy in the country especially within the affected communities.

Consequently I have, in the exercise of the powers conferred on me by the provisions of section 305(1) of the Constitution, declared a state of emergency in the following parts of the federation, namely:

(1) Borno State

Maidugiri Metropolitan LGA
Gamboru Ngala LGA
Banki Bama LGA
Jere LGA

(2) Yobe State

Damaturu LGA
Geidam LGA
Potiskum LGA
Buniyadi-Gujba LGA
Gasua-Bade LGA

(3) Plateau State

Jos North LGA
Jos South LGA
Barkin-Ladi LGA
Riyom LGA

(4) Niger State

Suleja LGA”

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