Nigeria extends emergency against Islamic uprising
21 November 2013, 17:47
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.