Togo braces to fend off jihadist threat, extends state of emergency
By Akpo Ometan
In a bid to more forcefully confront the jihadist threat to the territorial integrity of the nation, the Togolese parliament has extended the state of emergency initiated by President Faure Gnassingbe to now run from three to six months, The Difference reports.
Jihadists have been pushing their weight and making incursions in East, North, South, Central and now West Africa. In the past ten months for example, there have been not less than five attacks in the country.
The special session to approve the extension was held in the regional capital of Kara in Northern Togo.
The jihadist incursion is traced to an outflow from neighbouring Burkina Faso where jihadists have for long controlled very considerable swathes of territory.
Togolese President, Faure Gnassingbe