President Jonathan declared a State of Emergency in Adamawa, Borno and Yobe.
The history of State of Emergency in Nigerian politics began in 1962 when large-scale irregularities in the country’s first real census led to a crisis in the Action Group (AG)-controlled Western Nigeria.
On October 1, Prime Minister Balewa in a nation-wide broadcast told the nation that his government had been aware for some time of violent intentions of certain politicians to forcefully overthrow the legitimate government in Nigeria, and that they had been undergoing military training abroad. On October 26, the ban on public meetings and processions was extended to cover the whole of Western Nigeria. On November 2, 1962, Chief Awolowo was formally charged with 26 others (including Anthony Enahoro, Sam Ikoku, Ayo Adebanjo, Lateef Jakande, Alfred Rewane, J.S. Tarka, Josiah Olawoyin, Dr. Oladipo Maja, Bisi Onabanjo, James Aluko, etc) with conspiring to overthrow the Federal Government by force.
The next state of emergency was declared by President Olusegun Obasanjo on May 18, 2004. Citing Section 305 of the 1999 Constitution, the president imposed a state of emergency on Plateau State, suspending the elected Governor Joshua Dariye and the State House of Assembly in the process. He accused the governor of failing to act to end a cycle of bloodletting violence between the Plateau State’s Muslim and Christian communities that claimed over 2,000 lives since September 2001.
President Goodluck Jonathan also declared a State of Emergency in some local governments in Borno and Plateau States in 2011 before Tuesday’s full declaration in Borno, Adamawa, and Yobe States.
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