- Some Nigerians polled said they had no confidence in the ability of the Nigeria Police Force o maintain internal security
- A resounding 79% voted on Facebook against the withdrawal of the army with the police as replacement
- On Twitter, 54% said the police should replace the army in the handling of internal security
It appears that the plan by the federal government to withdraw troops deployed in strategic areas across the country to maintain high-level of security nationwide is not going down well with Nigerians.
A cross-section of Nigerians, who participated in an online poll conducted by Legit.ng, said they preferred that the army remains stationed strategically than for them to withdraw and the men of the Nigeria Police Force take over.
This view is shared by respondents on both Twitter and Facebook.
Out of about 400 responses on Twitter, 54% said the Army should remain while only 9% thought the army could replace the army. A higher percentage, 13%, preferred for the government to decide on what is the best line of action. A sizeable 24% said they did not care about the topic.
On Facebook, 79% of about 3,100 respondents said they would rather that the soldiers of the Nigerian Army remain in place.
A meagre 21% thought the police could take over from the army in those strategic locations.
Legit.ng reported earlier that Frank Mba, the spokesman of the Nigeria Police Force (NPF), has revealed the intention and readiness of the police to provide security for Nigerians.
The deputy commissioner of police also said the Force is ready to partner with government at all levels in safe-guiding Nigerians.
He said: “The Nigeria Police Force is ever ready to play its fundamental and constitutional role in providing security within the internal space of Nigeria."
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