The Adamawa State government has expressed its reservation over the planned withdrawal of personnel of the Nigerian military, saying the Nigeria Police Force cannot solely handle the insecurity problems of crisis-prone states.
Abubakar Dauran, Commissioner of Security and Home Affairs, Adamawa State, made the state’s position known in an interview on Monday.
Reports suggest that states in which peace has relatively restored will have the troops deployed there withdrawn from February.
But the Adamawa State government insisted that the early withdrawal of the troops would affect the already existing security structure put in place by some states.
“We in Zamfara have already gone far towards the restoration of peace. So if the troops who are helping us in the fight against insurgency are withdrawn, there is every likelihood that the bandits will come back with their heinous crimes.
“We still need the presence of the military to fight insurgency.
“The police alone cannot squarely address the insecurity problem in the country,” Dauran said.
The Adamawa Security Commissioner, therefore, urged the Federal Government to have a rethink on the withdrawal of the military from the areas that are currently facing insecurity problems.
He explained that insecurity situation in the country requires the collective efforts of not only the security personnel but the entire people of the country including the military, adding that, “it would not be a good idea to withdraw the military from fighting the insurgents”.