Senate approves extension of emergency rule in Adamawa, Borno, Yobe

n1-305b-not-enough-for-refreshments-meals-presidential-villa-tells-senateNigeria’s Senate today approved the extension of state of emergency in Adamawa, Borno and Yobe States. The approval is a concurrence with that of the House of Representatives which approved it last week.

The approval followed a written request to that effect by President Goodluck Jonathan.

The Senate had last week deferred debate on the request to allow for adequate consultation.

However, Northern Senators Forum had kicked against the request.

Today’s approval was preceded by over four hours closed door meeting between Senators from the affected states and the principal officers of the Senate.
The Senate also went into a closed door session for one hour on resumption of plenary.

Senate President David Mark announced after the meeting that the lawmakers deliberated on the request during its closed session and agreed to approve it.