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Henceforth, the police will be in
charge of internal security within the territory of the country, the Nigeria government
disclosed yesterday.
The Chief of Naval Staff, Admiral
Ibok-Ete Ibas disclose this in a statement yesterday after a security meeting
chaired by president mohammadu Buhari  in
Aso Rock villa in Abuja


Briefing State House correspondents
after the closed-door session, Ekwe-Ibas said: “In the circumstance that the military has to come in to stabilise the situation, it is only proper that once
one area has been dominated by the military and the situation has returned to
normal, the Nigerian police take over the responsibility. And in this instance,
we also have the civil defence corps, which is supposed to support the police
in this regard.”
On whether the northeast ravaged by
Boko Haram insurgents were safe for military withdrawal and consequent police
deployment, the naval chief said the Federal Government was set to deploy more
resources to the police so that they could fulfil their responsibilities.
He explained: “I better make it
very clear that an assessment of what the military will do will be based on the
situation on the ground. It is not expected that the military will withdraw when it
is apparent that there are still some threats in such locations. I’m sure we
are also aware that the nation is procuring equipment for the military.
“It is expected that before the second quarter of next year, most of the equipment shall be in place.
It, therefore, means that all our
hands are on the ground, looking at technology-backed surveillance that will enable
the military to react more efficiently and effectively.
“It is also believed that the
police will take the lead in containing insecurity in such areas. I don’t
believe that a responsible military will want to withdraw when it is apparent
that there is still a risk that cannot be overcome by the police.”
The naval chief disclosed further that security agency repelled over 27 attacks by Boko Haram in the northeast
within two weeks. According to him, the military, alongside other regional
partners is doing all in its power to ensure that the menace of the Islamic
State West Africa Province (ISWAP) is contained.
“With respect to operations within
the country, it was generally agreed and noted that the security agencies have
done their very best in ensuring that the deliverables are made clear,” he
said.
He noted: “Mr. President has
directed that the council and the members of armed forces ensure a peaceful
society in 2020. To that effect, we are more than determined to continue from
where we stopped in 2019 and to ensure that we sustain our various operations,
to ensure a secure Nigeria for all of us.”
In attendance were: Minister of
Defence Bashir Magashi; Chief of Defence Staff Abayomi Olonisakin; Chief of Air
Staff Sadique Abubakar; Inspector General of Police Mohammed Adamu; Director
General of the Department of State Services Yusuf Bichi; Secretary to the
Government of the Federation Boss Mustapha; and National Security Adviser
Babagana Monguno. A senior officer represented Chief of Army Staff Lt. General
Tukur Buratai.

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