The FG will gradually withdraw military operations in some volatile spots in the country, beginning from the first quarter of 2020.
The withdrawal of troops by FG will be done after an “assessment” to determine areas where peace has returned to enable civil authorities to assume full control of security.
The decision was reached during a Security Council meeting, which ended at the Presidential Villa, Abuja, around 1.50 pm yesterday, presided over by President, Muhammadu Buhari.
The Council decided that in place of the military, the Nigeria Police Force, which has the primary responsibility of providing internal security, will assume its duties fully in such areas.
The Chief of Naval Staff, Vice Admiral Ibok-Ete Ekwe Ibas, who spoke with State House Correspondents on the outcome of the meeting, explained that the withdrawal was to allow the military to focus on its primary duty of defending the nation against external aggression.