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Nigeria declares state of emergency

  • Nigeria declared a state of emergency in three states on Tuesday in the wake of a series of attacks by Islamist militant groups.

    Speaking in a televised address, President Goodluck Jonathan said he had handed over the responsibility of security in the north-eastern states of Adamawa, Borno and Yobe to the military.

    He has also ordered more troops to be sent to the region.

    The Islamist Boko Haram group is seen to be behind much of the violence, which has resulted in the deaths of some 2,000 people since 2010.

    In the latest incident, 53 people lost their lives and 13 villages were burnt down in the state of Benue earlier in the day.

    The conflict stems from an ongoing dispute over land ownership between cattle herders and farmers.

    Locate those three states where Nigeria declared state of emergency through Nigeria Location Map

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