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Senate Okays Extension of Emergency Rule in Borno, Adamawa, Yobe

Nigeria's Senate President David Mark

Muyiwa Bamidele, Abuja

The senate has passed a resolution approving the extension of the state of emergency for another six months in the three troubled North Eastern Nigerian states of Adamawa, Borno and Yobe states.

Nigeria's Senate President David Mark

Nigeria’s Senate President David Mark

The senate approved the extension of the emergency rule at the meeting of the committee of the whole house as most of the senators threw their weight behind the extension.

The senate argued that the extension was necessary to consolidate on the gains achieved by the military in the last six months in the troubled states.

Meanwhile, the senate has summoned all the military service chiefs and minister of foreign affairs to appear before it and brief the national Assembly about the latest security development in the area.

In another development, the senate approved the presidential request for the National Assembly joint seating for the presentation of the 2014 Budget.

As a result of the approval, President Goodluck Jonathan is expected to present the next year ‘s budget estimates to the National Assembly next week Tuesday.

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