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Kaduna: Jonathan considers State of Emergency

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President Goodluck Jonathan, in a closed-door meeting he held, yesterday, with Senate President David Mark; the Chief Justice of Nigeria, Justice Dahiru Musdapher and the Chief of Defence Staff, Air Chief Marshall Oluseyi Petinrin was said to have discussed the possibility of imposing a state of emergency in Kaduna should the reprisal attacks continue.

According to sources, “the president told them that he believes there would be need to impose a state of emergency in Kaduna State should the reprisal attacks that greeted the multiple bomb blasts in that state continue”.

The meeting which lasted for about an hour was considered a process of consultation by the president on how to respond to the escalating attacks on churches in the Northern part of the country.  David Mark in a brief chat with State House correspondents said ‘the meeting was normal’.

He however called for restraint from victims of the church bombings, saying that vengeance belongs to God.

Bombs, gunshots rock Damaturu

Also yesterday, bombs and gunshots rocked Damaturu, Yobe State capital as attackers were said to have targeted Government House.

A resident who spoke with AFP on phone said: “It all started late in the evening and there have been bombings and shootings throughout the city and nobody knows what is going on. Everybody has moved indoors”. Another resident was said to have given a similar account while police could not be immediately reached.


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