Nigeria extends emergency against Islamic uprising

2013-11-21 08:54
Suspected Boko Haram sect member Muhammed Nazeef Yunus, an assistant lecturer, reacts as he is paraded by Nigeria secret police, in Abuja, Nigeria. (Olamikan Gbemiga, AP)

Suspected Boko Haram sect member Muhammed Nazeef Yunus, an assistant lecturer, reacts as he is paraded by Nigeria secret police, in Abuja, Nigeria. (Olamikan Gbemiga, AP)

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Abuja - Nigerian legislators have approved a six-month extension for the state of emergency that is governing the country's north-eastern states, which have been terrorised by an Islamic uprising.

Wednesday's decision came as the State Security Service paraded five suspected Islamic extremists at a news conference, including Muhammad Nazeef Yunus, a lecturer in Islamic studies at Kogi State University in north-central Nigeria.

Yunus, 44, denied to reporters that he recruits for Islamic extremists, saying that he speaks against the militants who are accused of killing hundreds of mainly Muslim civilians in recent months.

Four others arrested in Abuja, the Nigerian capital, claimed that Yunus recruited them.

Three north-eastern states have been under a state of emergency since 14 May. Troops have driven insurgents from cities but attacks have increased in rural areas.




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