President Goodluck Jonathan has formally requested the National Assembly to extend the emergency rule in the three northeast states hit by a brutal insurgency.
The Senate confirmed receipt of the president’s letter, Tuesday, seeking extension of emergency rule in Borno, Adamawa and Yobe States, the News Agency of Nigeria, reports.
The National Defence Council had on Monday approved the extension and urged the president to request the approval of the Senate and the House of Representatives as required by the constitution.
The council, chaired by the president, with the vice president and security chiefs as members, has the power to advise the president on security matters affecting Nigeria.
Borno, Adamawa and Yobe States have remained the hotbed of Boko Haram insurgency which has killed more than 13,000 and displaced hundreds of thousands since 2009.
If approved by the lawmakers, the emergency rule will be in its fourth phase following two previous extensions.
The emergency rule was first declared on May 14, 2013 by President Goodluck Jonathan.
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