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Senate Reconvenes, Holds Closed Door Meeting With Service Chiefs

The Senate re-opened on Tuesday after the shut down of the National Assembly by Senate President David Mark last Thursday following the commotion that rocked legislative house.

With the expiration of the state of emergency declared in the three restive states of Adamawa, Yobe and Borno, the Senate went into a closed door meeting with some security chiefs to discuss the request by President Goodluck Jonathan for an extension.

President Goodluck Jonathan had written to the House of Assembly requesting an extension of the emergency situation following continued violence in Adamawa, Borno and Yobe states.

The security chiefs in attendance at the meeting included the Chief of Army Staff, Kenneth Minimah and the Director General of the Department of State Security, Ita Ekpenyong.

The security chiefs were to brief the Senate last week Thursday but could not do so because of the fracas that broke out at the National Assembly when policemen tried to prevent members of the House of Representatives from entering the legislative complex.

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