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After about six and half hours closed session with Service Chiefs, the senate on Tuesday failed to take a position on whether the state of emergency should be extended by another six month in Adamawa, Borno and Yobe states or not. 

Senators were sharply divided and could not reach a compromise after briefing by Service Chiefs. The development forced the President of the Senate, David Mark to suspend further discussion on President Jonathan’s request for the extension indefinitely to prevent it from suffering a serious setback. 

Addressing journalists after the session, Senate’s Spokesman Eyinnaya Abaribe  said the senate is yet to take a position on the controversial extension but described the briefing by the Service Chiefs as interesting and robust. 

However the senate has again summoned the Inspector General of Police, Suleiman Abbah to appear before it on Wednesday to explain why armed policemen invaded the National Assembly last week Thursday last week. 

The President of the Senate who announced the summon said the interaction with the police boss will not be in a close session. 

Meanwhile, among the Service Chiefs who appear before the senate are Chief of Army Staff, Kenneth Minima, Chief of Air Staff Adesola Amusu and the Director of DSS, Ita Ekpeyong among others. 

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