- The presidency has revealed its position on the withdrawal of 1,200 troops of Chad from Nigeria
- Presidential spokesperson, Garba Shehu, said that Nigeria has no reason to be worried over the development
- Shehu also assured citizens of the country that the military is capable of taking on Boko Haram insurgents in Nigeria
The presidency has reacted to the recent withdrawal of 1,200 troops of Chad from Nigeria in the fight against insurgency.
Presidential spokesperson, Garba Shehu, has said that Nigeria has no cause for alarm as the withdrawal of the Chadian troops did not come suddenly, adding that the move was in keeping with the rule of the Multi-National Joint Task Force (MNJTF), The Nation reports.
Shehu said: “Nobody should panic, Nigerians need not worry at all about the Chadian withdrawals.
“They came here as a part of a concept of the ongoing operations. That concept has changed and they are moving out."
The presidential media aide also said that apart from the fact the Nigerian military is capable of subduing and overcoming Boko Haram terrorists, troops from the country will soon be sent to Chad as part of a new concept in the fight against terrorism.
Moreover, Tahir Erda Tahiro, Chad’s general chief of staff, said: “If the states around Lake Chad agree on a new mission there will surely be another contingent redeployed on the ground.”
Meanwhile, Legit.ng reported that a Nigerian Army captain and four soldiers had been killed by some gunmen in an ambush in Sarkin Pawa in Munya local government area of Niger state.
The Nation reports that three other soldiers were also injured in the attack that left the captain who led the soldiers - a staff sergeant, two corporals in an operation in the area.
It was gathered that the deceased soldiers were said to have responded to a distress call by residents of Gwar community in Munya local government area when the incident took place.
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