Gambo Jimeta opposes extension of emergency rule in Adamawa, Borno, Yobe

Mr. Jimeta, a former Inspector General of Police and delegate of Adamawa State to the National Conference, said the state of emergency had outlived its usefulness.

The chairman of the National Conference Committee on National Security, Gambo Jimeta, has condemned the proposal for the six months extension of the emergency rule in three north eastern states, and described it as “undesirable.”

President Goodluck Jonathan had written the National Assembly requesting it to approve the extension of the state of emergency in Adamawa, Borno and Yobe States due to increasing activities of insurgents there.

Emergency rule was first declared in the states for six months in May 2013 and was extended by another six months in November.

Mr. Jimeta, a former Inspector General of Police and delegate of Adamawa State to the National Conference, said the state of emergency had outlived its usefulness and therefore no longer desirable.

“It is not desirable in any state in the world,” he said. “Why was Chief Awolowo’s Western government put under emergency, why did Obasanjo declare emergency in Plateau? These are circumstances that happened. In the case of the Western region I was alive and I knew what happened.

“There was a total breakdown of law and order; people were being burnt in their cars, houses and so on, but it was necessary for the Federal Government to step in and stop that and it did not last more than necessary.”

Mr. Jimeta said he wondered how long the states would be under emergency rule, insisting that it had not achieved its objective for which it was imposed in the first place.

The former police chief said, “In this case, we have been under emergency rule, for how long now? One year in three states affected and there is no improvement. So we have to now review the whole thing and reassess the whole thing. There is something more than just declaring emergency rule.

“If you declare an emergency rule in such disturbed states you should have enough resources to revamp the architecture of security in those states immediately and for a long time to come while you also bring the other states into consideration so that this thing doesn’t happen again.”

Meanwhile, representatives of the National Association of Nigerian Students, NANS, at the National Conference have asked the Boko Haram sect to channel their complaints to relevant committees of the Conference.

While describing the abduction of over 250 female students of the Government Girl Secondary School, Chibok, Borno State by the sect as “barbaric,” NANS, in a statement on Thursday, called on Nigerians to join hands in taking part to secure lives and property through the neigbourhood watch.

The student body in the statement signed by one of its leaders, Clifford Abur, also called for the establishment of vigilante club in all the universities in the country and also asked other schools to report security issues to appropriate agencies.

“We commend the effort of the international community and the Federal Government for their concerns so far; an indication that the world is reducing to an actual global village where symbolic approach to human relationship is becoming more prominent, hence, we seek more of global partnership to end the issue of insecurity in Nigeria.

“We thank President Goodluck Jonathan for his tireless effort in trying to see that the security challenges are brought to an end most especially, his commitment to ensuring that the abducted Chibok girls are brought back alive.

“We also thank people all over the world that have participated in the ongoing protest to bring back the girls.”

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