The Federal Government of Nigeria has lifted the State of Emergency in force in 15 Local Govt. Areas in some parts of North Central and North East geo-political zones where boko haram attack is very pronounced. It would be Recalled that Mr. President in Dec. 2012 declared State of Emergency following Series of Coordinated Attack by the
The State of Emergency was imposed on 15 local government areas at the height of incessant killings and destruction of property in some parts of northern Nigeria
In Borno State; the affected local councils are - Maidugiri Metropolitan, Gamboru Ngala, Banki Bama, Biu and Jere.
In Yobe - Damaturu, Geidam Potiskum, Buniyadi-Gujba and Gasua-Bade LGAs were listed. While in Plateau State; the FG hammer fell on Jos North, Jos South, Barkin-Ladi and Riyom local government areas.
Suleja local council was listed in Niger State.
The state of emergency was imposed following the Christmas Day bombing of St Theresa’s Catholic Church, Madalla, Niger State.
The lifting came at the end of the six months approved by the National Assembly.
Relying on the provisions of section 305(1) of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, the President had announced state of emergency in a nationwide broadcast following the outbreak of violence in the affected areas.
The President noted that the declaration of state of emergency in the affected areas became necessary to enable security forces deal with the situation decisively, even as he described “terrorism as a war against Nigerians.”
“I call on all Nigerians to join hands with government to fight these terrorists,” he said during the broadcast.
Announcing the lifting of the state of emergency on Wednesday, Justice Minister and Attorney General of the Federation, Mohammed Bello Adoke, in a statement at the Presidential Villa, said, “The Federal Government after a careful review of the security situation in the affected areas has resolved to end the State of Emergency forthwith.
“This is to enable government to put in place appropriate confidence building measures to improve security in the affected areas.
“In furtherance of the end of the proclamation, the President has accordingly directed that the implementation of the following regulations made pursuant to the proclamation of a State of Emergency in the affected Local Government Areas should cease forthwith,” the AGF added.