Federal Government to withdraw troops in volatile spots from first quarter of 2020

Federal Government would begin gradual withdrawal of troops in hitherto volatile spots where peace and security had been achieved from first quarter of 2020.

Chief of Naval Staff, Vice Admiral Ibok Ekwe-Ibas, stated this after the National Security Council meeting in Abuja chaired by President Muhammadu Buhari.

Ibas said the decision to withdraw troops from participating in internal security in some areas was to allow them focus on their primary duty of defending the country against external aggression.

He said the Nigerian Police Force together with the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) would be preparing to take back those responsibilities as the military drew back its forces from those areas after the conduct of security threats assessment.

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