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Police, NSCDC to hold grounds in liberated areas – Minister of Defence

The Nigeria Police Force and Nigeria Security and civil Defence Corps will henceforth hold ground in the areas that have been cleared of terrorists who were hitherto occupying them.

The Minister of Defence, Mansur Dan Ali disclosed this when the management of Centre for Crisis Communication (CCC) visited him in his office in Abuja.

According to the Minister, the military is not expected to be saddled with the civil responsibility of keeping law and order in every liberated community while at the same time be engaged in the continuous mop operation across the length and breadth of the North-East.

Mansur said: “As we fight and clear out the terrorists in the different communities and towns in the North-East, we expect the Nigeria Police and the Civil Defence to hold ground in the freed areas. This will enable the troops to concentrate in advancing into more areas of operation without being distracted by the responsibility of maintaining law and order in the liberated areas.”

The Minister also expressed concern over the increasing spate of Fulani-farmers clashes and kidnapping in some parts of the country and gave assurance that the government would continue to engage community leaders and traditional rulers to find common ground and lasting solutions to incessant crises.

The Minister once again called upon members of the public, particularly the civil society groups and non-governmental organizations to do more especially in bringing their specialized interventions in the internally displaced camps and in the liberated areas where people are currently returning back.

Ali commended the Centre for Crisis Communication for their commitment in partnering with relevant security and response agencies in the country to provide effective crisis information to the public.

He stated that the Ministry of Defence will partner with the Centre in the areas of creating awareness on the role of the civil-military relationship in the fight against insurgency and other crimes in the country.

Earlier in his remarks, the Executive Secretary of CCC, Air Commodore Yusuf Anas (retd) expressed the Centre’s appreciation of the Minister’s pragmatic approach in addressing not only the insurgency in the North-East but in other parts of the country where the corporate existence of the nation is threatened.

He promised that the Centre would continue to synergize with the Ministry of Defence and other relevant stakeholders to effectively manage crisis in the country.

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