State of emergency declared in Nigeria

Nigeria's president declared a state of emergency Thursday in a troubled southwest state where he said the impeachment of the governor by the local legislature violated the constitution.

Legislators in southwest Ekiti state voted to remove Gov. Ayo Fayose on Monday after finding him guilty of siphoning state funds into personal bank accounts and receiving kickbacks.

"I hereby declare a state of emergency in Ekiti state," President Olusegun Obasanjo said in a national broadcast.


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