Sagay, NBA, others back emergency rule extension in three Northern states


nigerian_soldiers_are_deployed_in_nigeria_north-east_to_fight_jihadist_militants_of_armed_group_boko_haram_640_001Some prominent lawyers on Friday in Lagos expressed support for the six-month emergency rule extension in three states in the North — Adamawa, Borno and Yobe.

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Speaking with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN), the lawyers said the prevailing situation in the North-East zone of the country had justified the extension.

The Senate had on Nov.7 approved the extension of the emergency rule following a letter to the National Assembly by President Goodluck Jonathan.

Jonathan had sought the approval of the lawmakers to extend the emergency rule imposed on the three states experiencing insurgency.

The expiration of the initial six months declared on May 14 had necessitated the request.

A constitutional lawyer, Prof. Itse Sagay (SAN), told NAN that the declaration of emergency rule in the states had positively affected the fight against the insurgents.

Sagay said:“It has resulted not only in decimating their numbers; it has resulted in reducing their attacks and the danger to which the innocent civilian population has been exposed to.

“The extension of emergency is justified, it has been effective, the work is not done and so they need more time to complete the job.’’

Mr Onyekachi Ubani, the Chairman, Nigerian Bar Association (NBA), Ikeja Branch, said the president acted constitutionally by sending the request to the National Assembly.

“They have realised that they have not achieved the optimal result and that is why the state of emergency is being extended.’’

He, however, urged security agencies to redouble their efforts toward bringing the insurgency to a quick end.

Speaking in the same vein, a human rights lawyer, Mr Fred Agbaje, noted that the federal government had the constitutional duty to protect the lives and property of its citizens.

“If the extension is for another five years and it will bring sanity to these areas so be it.

“ I would have been disappointed if the National Assembly had not granted the request.

“It would have meant that they are in support of the wanton killings being perpetrated in these states by these insurgents,’’ Agbaje said.

Mr Bamidele Aturu said no other option was open to the government than to extend the emergency rule in the affected states.

“When you look at the killings going on in those places, I believe that we have no choice but to continue with the state of emergency,’’ he told NAN. (NAN)

Babatunde Akinsola
Babatunde Akinsola
Babatunde Akinsola is aNaija247news' Southwest editor. He's based in Lagos and writes on the Yoruba Nation political issues, news and investigative reports

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