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Reps endorses SOE declared by President Jonathan

Members of the House of Representatives have passed a resolution endorsing the state of emergency declared by President Goodluck Jonathan in Borno, Yobe and Adamawa States.

The adoption of the resolution followed a four-hour executive session, during which the members deliberated on the Gazetted copy of the proclamation of the state of emergency sent to the House by President Jonathan.

Speaker of the House of Representatives, Alhaji Aminu Tambuwal, who read the proclamation on the floor of the house, said the resolution was in line with the 1999 Constitution as amended.

He said the constitution specified that two third attendance of members is required to approve the proclamation.

Alhaji Tambuwal said the House considered the approval clause by clause with some amendments, one of which says the President shall transmit proclamation of emergency rule to the National Assembly after three days of the proclamation.

The Speaker promised that the House would give all support needed to the security operatives to enable them succeed in their operations, but however, cautioned them to be mindful of law abiding Nigerians, who are not involved in the security threat and urged them to operate within the rules of the game.

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