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Jonathan lifts state of emergency on 15 local councils

With increasing wave of violence in areas where he declared emergency rule, President Goodluck Jonathan on Wednesday halted the continuation of emergency rule in the affected 15 local government areas.

After the massive killings in Barkin Ladi and Riyom Local Government Areas of Plateau State which included the killing of two lawmakers, the Plateau State House of Assembly demanded an end to the emergency rule in the four local government areas of the state, pointing out that President Jonathan has failed them.

The end of the emergency rule will be marked by the withdrawal of soldiers from the streets of Plateau, Yobe, Niger and Borno States. The State governments and the 15 local government areas where the emergency rule was declared will be responsible for their own security.
Following the bombing of a church in Madalla, Niger State which killed scores of people in January , President Jonathan had declared state of emergency in the affected parts, saying it was in exercise of the powers conferred on him by section 305 (1) (3) (c) (d) and (f) of the 1999 constitution as amended.

The National Assembly later approved the proclamation to last for an initial period of six months.

Attorney General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Mr. Mohammed Adoke in statement he issued after the Federal Executive Council (FEC) meeting president over by President Jonathan, noted that the state of emergency was called off to provide a good playing ground for confidence building measures to boost security the affected.

“The Federal Government has after a careful review of the security situation in the affected areas, resolved to end the State of Emergency forthwith. This is to enable government to put in place appropriate confidence building measures to improve security in the affected areas”, Adoke stated.

The statement by the AGF which was made available to State House Correspondents furthers reads in part: “In furtherance of the end of the proclamation, the President has accordingly directed that the implementation of the following regulations made pursuant to the proclamation of State of Emergency in the affected Local Government Areas should cease forthwith.

“These are Emergency powers (General) regulation 2012, Emergency Powers (Restriction Order) Regulations 2012, Emergency Powers (Reporting of Persons) Regulations 2012, Emergency powers (Detention of Persons) Regulations 2012, Emergency Powers (Procession and Meetings etc) Regulations 2012, Emergency Powers (Curfew) Regulations 2012, Emergency Powers (Declaration of Protection Places) Regulations 2012 and Emergency Powers (Possession of Explosives) Regulations 2012.

“The Federal Government wishes to reiterate that with the end of the State of Emergency, the appropriate authorities at the Local and State Government levels shall be responsible for the maintenance of security, law and order in the affected areas. The Federal government will continue to work assiduously with relevant stakeholders to ensure security in the country and calls for concerted efforts by all citizens to secure the country”, the minister added.

The local government areas where the state of emergency declared by the president in a nationwide broadcast aired on National televisions and Radios are Maiduguri Metropolitan, Gamboru Ngala, Banki BamaN Biu and Jere in Borno State; Jos North, Jos South, Barkin-Ladi and Riyom in Plateau State; Damaturu, Geidam, Potiskum, Buniyadi-Gujba and Gusau-Bade in Yobe State; and Suleja in Niger State.

FG recalls Oteh as SEC DG

For suspended Director General of Securities and Exchange Commission, SEC, Ms Arunma Oteh, respite has come her way as the Federal Government has lifted her suspension.

Some staff of SEC upon hearing of the recall of Oteh staged protests at the office on Monday. They claimed that they would not work with her. Their position is believed to be influenced by their vested interest, especially as they insist that Ms Oteh has not been, “carrying them along”.
The position of the Federal Government was taken sequel to the release of the report of the independent audit probe institute by the SEC board which was antagonistic to her continued stay as director general.

Oteh has also been a victim of calculated media attacks, which have also trailed her recall by the Federal Government.

Oteh’s recall was communicated via a circular, SGF.2/S.9/C.13/454 dated 17/ July, 2012 signed by the Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Sen. Anyim Pius Anyim.

A copy of the letter of recall which was made available to journalists at the Presidential Villa stated thatt, Oteh’s  recall follows the outcome of the findings of the external auditors.

It will be recalled that following Oteh’s suspension the Board had  engaged the Price Water Coopers Limited, a renown audit firm to examine the records of the commission’s transaction covering the SEC project 50 which Oteh had supervised.

The letter stated that the firm had exonerated her from all accusations of fraud and criminal breaches, though ” some administrative lapses were reported, particularly in cases where Administrative procedures were not thoroughly observed”.

The circular reads: “Please refer to the decision of the Board of Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) to send you on compulsory leave in order to enable SEC’s external auditors-the Price Water Coopers Limited (PWC), to examine the records of the Commission’s transactions covering SEC project 50 which you supervised.

“I am to note that Government has studied the report submitted by the external auditors and you are neither indicted for fraud nor criminal breach in any form. However, some administrative lapses were reported, particularly, in cases where administrative procedures were not thoroughly observed.

“The purpose of this letter is to recall you from your leave and to caution that you must henceforth endeavour to diligently observe all extant rules and administrative procedures in the conduct of all official transactions.”

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