President Goodluck Jonathan Tuesday evening declared a state of emergency in three northern states of Adamawa, Yobe and Borno. The president made the declaration during a nationwide braodcast relayed live on national television.
In imposing the state of emergency today, President Jonathan wielded extra-Ordinary measures by invoking Section 305, Sub section 1 of the 1999 constitution of Nigeria.
However, Mr. Jonathan stated that regardless of the state of emergency imposed today, the governors in the three states will remain in office and enjoined the governors to give maximum cooperation to security agencies in that regard.
The president had earlier met with the governors of Yobe and Borno in the Presidential Villa late afternoon prior to the announcement.
Full text of the President’s broadcast will be published in our subsequent reports.