There could be six more months of state of emergency in Borno, Yobe and Adamawa States following a request to the National Assembly by President Goodluck Jonathan.
His request letter was read in senate Tuesday morning.
It will have to be approved by the national assembly in line with the constitutional provision.
The state of emergency was first introduced in May 2013 and extended by six months in November last year.
Boko Haram insurgents have continued to strike since then but Jonathan says the success of the emergency rule should not be judged by that alone.