The Muhammadu Buhari-led Federal Government will next year commence the gradual withdrawal of military operations in some volatile spots in the country.
Naija News reports that the decision was taken during Monday’s Security Council meeting at the Presidential Villa, Abuja.
Speaking to State House correspondents after the meeting, the Chief of Naval Staff, Vice Admiral Ibok-Ete Ekwe Ibas, said the withdrawal of troops will be done after an “assessment” to determine areas where peace has returned to enable civil authorities to assume full control.
He said the security council decided that in place of the military, the Nigeria Police Force will assume its duties fully in such areas.
Elwe Ibas said: “It is the work of the police to handle internal security since Nigeria is not at war.
“The Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps will support the police to provide internal security.
“Also, you will remember that additional 10,000 personnel were approved for the police recently for recruitment.”
He, however, refused to name the states where military operations would be withdrawn.
Source: Naija News