The Nigerian Army has responded to insinuations and complaints in some quarters on the alleged withdrawal of troops from Internal Security Operations in some parts of the country.
It called on the general public to ignore the speculations.
Texas Chukwu, the director Army Public Relations in a statement on Sunday, April 8, 2018, said the Nigerian Army will continue to live to the expectations of Nigerians in the discharge of its constitutional duties of defending the territorial integrity of the nation and in aid to civil authorities.
He said, “Consequently, troops on the ground will continue to intervene decisively to checkmate any form of criminality.
“We, however, appeal to the general publics continuous understanding, support and cooperation.
“We also wish to specifically appeal to the state Governors and Local Government Councils Chairmen to also be responsive to the needs of the citizens through the provision of social and developmental infrastructures. This will help reduce incidences of crime and criminality in our society.
“The public is therefore advised to report any suspicious movements in their area to the security agency for prompt action.”
Recently, no fewer than eighty communities in five local government areas in Niger State pleaded with the federal government of Nigeria not to withdraw troops deployed to the communities.
The communities, which cut across Shiroro, Munya, Paikoro, Gurara, Raffin, and Chachanga, bemoaned the withdrawal of the military troops may bring renewed onslaught to their communities.