Benue State governor, Samuel Ortom as appealed to the Federal Govt and the Nigerian military to rescind its decision and not withdraw its troops from parts of the country to allow the police to take over maintain peace and tackle internal insurgency.
Recall KOKO news reported that Chief of Naval Staff, Vice Admiral Ibok-Ete Ibas who made the announcement said the police will take over from the military in the ongoing internal security operations in various parts of the country in the first quarter of 2020. The plan will take off after an assessment of areas peace has returned to.
Governor Ortom who reacted to the development via a statement released by his Chief Press Secretary Terve Akase, urged President Buhari to extend the life-span of the troops at least by a year. According to the Benue State Governor, this will enable the IDPs to resettle back in their ancestral homes and lands.
“Our position is an appeal to Mr President. He had done Benue well by deploying Operation Whirl Stroke to help tame the menace of herdsmen at the time Benue needed intervention.
“We appeal to the President to extend the life-span of the troops at least by a year to enable our people at the IDPs camps to resettle in their ancestral homes.”
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