With effect from the first quarter of 2020, the Nigerian Military will be withdrawing troops from some parts of the country.
The Chief of Naval Staff, Vice Admiral Ibok-Ete Ibas, disclosed this to State House correspondents at the end of the security meeting which held on Monday in Abuja.
He explained that the withdrawal was to enable civil authorities to take over the duties of ensuring the security of lives and property in such places.
The naval chief, however, noted that the withdrawals would be done only after an assessment of the situation on the ground.
He conceded that the recent activities of insurgents in the North East was a concern but gave the assurance that the military would comply with the President’s directive to intensify efforts in the coming year.
Ibas was also confident that the military would soon take possession of some equipment that would enable it to react more promptly to any situation of any security breach in the country.
He spoke to reporters after the Service Chiefs briefed President Muhammadu Buhari on the security situation in the country.