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Insecurity: No plans to declare state of emergency – FG

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The Federal government Sunday, debunk reports in the media (not Vanguard) that it plans to declare a state of emergency in five states of the federation owing to security challenge in those states.

In an interview with Sunday Vanguard, the Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, Dr Reuben Abati said the federal government has not taken a firm decision on what to be done in those states where there is escalation of security challenges.

There were reports in the media  that owing to the worsening security problems in Borno, Yobe, Nassarawa, Benue and Plateau states the Federal government plans to declare a state of emergency in those states.

But in an interview with Vanguard, Dr Abati said no such decision has been taken.

According to him, “no such decision has been taken and people should stop speculating. The federal government is studying the situations in the affected states and would take a decision that would be in the overall interest of the security of not just the people of the states affected by the country”.

Dr Abati said the clarification has become necessary because of the wide specualtion in a section of the media which does not reflect government thinking at the moment.

At the end of the National Security Council meeting on Friday to review the security situation in Nassarawa, Benue and Borno states where more than fifty security personnel and civilians were killed by gunmen, there were speculations in the media that the federal government would declare a state of emergency to deal with the challenge.

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