FG lifts state of emergency on troubled local governments

The Federal Government has lifted the state of emergencies imposed on 15 Local Government Areas (LGAs) in the northern part of the country following unabated violence and terror attacks.

President Goodluck Jonathan in December 2011 imposed the state of emergency on the LGAs in Borno, Niger, Plateau and Yobe states.

The affected LGAs in Borno were Maiduguri Metropolitan, Gamboru Ngala, Banki Bama, Biu and Jere, while those in Yobe were Damaturu, Geidam, Potiskum, Buniyadi-Gujba and Gasua-Bade.

Those affected in Plateau were Jos North, Jos South, Barkin-Ladi and Riyom, while only Suleja LGA was affected in Niger.

The directive was contained in a statement issued by Attorney-General of the Federation and Minister of Justice Mohammed Adoke on Wednesday.

According to the statement, the Federal Government decided to end the emergency rule, with immediate effect, following a careful review of the security situation in the affected areas.

The AGF stated that the move will also enable government to put in place appropriate confidence building measures to improve security in the affected areas.

Mr Adoke said that with the end of emergency rule, the appropriate authorities at the local and state government levels should be responsible for the maintenance of security, law and order in the affected areas.

The Minister also noted that the President directed an end to the emergency powers on restriction order, reporting of persons, detention of persons, processions, meetings and curfew.