President Goodluck Jonathan
By Muhammad Bello
President Goodluck Jonathan Tuesday declared an indefinite quasi-state of emergency in Adamawa, Borno and Yobe States and immediately deployed troops to the states to with orders to maintain law and order by all means at their disposal.
Jonathan disclosed this in a nationwide live broadcast in which he directed the Chief of Defence Staff (CDS), Admiral Ola Sa’ad Ibrahim to immediately deploy troops to these states with powers to arrest and detain suspected terrorists, take-over of suspicious buildings and detain persons suspected to be in possession of arms.
Invoking the powers conferred on him by Section 305(1) of 1999 Constitution, the president insisted that it had become necessary to take these extra-ordinary measures, which will run side by side with on-going efforts at dialogue and persuasion.
He said the details of the proclamations will be sent to the National Assembly for consideration.
President Jonathan who stated that this measure has become necessary because terrorists and insurgents have constituted themselves as threats to the sovereignty of the country and thereby declared war against them insisting that as a responsible government he could not tolerate these actions.
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