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Buhari Orders Removal of Military Checkpoints in the Country




President Muhammadu Buhari on Monday ordered the Chief of Defence Staff and the Inspector- General of police to dismantle all military check points nationwide.

The order was handed down to the Defence Chiefs when the President had a meeting with officials of the Ministry of Defence at the State House.

The Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Defence, Malam Aliyu Ismail, said this when he briefed State House Correspondents on the outcome of the meeting with the president.

“The President has instructed the Chief of Defence Staff to get the Chief of Army Staff and the Inspector General of Police to remove all the military men along the roads across the country,’’ he said.

Ismail said the officials came to brief the President on arrangements made so far in the implementation of decisions reached during the Lake Chad Basin Commission.

“Nigerian armed forces are very ready, we have briefed him but one most interesting thing about it is that we are going out much happier because he has shown us he is still a soldier. He has updated and enriched our strategic plan and we are happy,’’ he added.

He said that the meeting also discussed the relocation of the military command centre in Nigeria to Borno, adding that the centre would soon be fully operational.

“We have briefed him on how far we have reached on that; on that one again he has given us some additional assignments but very soon the centre will be on. I want to assure Nigerians that with what we have come out from this meeting we are very enthusiastic that the issue of Boko Haram will soon be over.

I, as a permanent secretary, also feel like going to fight the war because he has given us hope and we have seen peace and security in the very near future,’’ he said.

The permanent secretary also said that the Joint Multi National Task Force on Boko Haram had restrategised to combat terrorism in the sub-region.

“Now we have come as a united front. We have Chad, we have Cameroon; we have Benin; we have Niger. We have all restrategised and come out with one strategy that we are going to use to address Boko Haram, unlike before,’’ he said.

The permanent secretary, however, said the issue of the abducted Chibok Girls was not part of the discussion.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) was established by the Federal Government of Nigeria in May 1976 to gather and distribute news on Nigeria and cover events of interest to Nigeria at the international level for the benefit of the Nigerian Media and the Public.


  1. Diddy

    June 23, 2015 at 7:29 am

    The abducted chibok girls was not part of the discussion,so i guess making all efforts to get back the chibok girls seems futile,or maybe an underground plan is going on and they would like to shield it away from the public in order not to jeopardize their plan,just like when the US was planning to take down osama,the world had no idea except obama and his gangs.this development is a good thing in the right direction,maybe the change has come but time will tell

  2. Warizdzi

    June 23, 2015 at 7:46 am

    The Chibok girls issue couldn’t have been a part of the discussions. We know it was a campaign strategy. Aim achieved. Lets move on.

  3. nene+

    June 23, 2015 at 9:24 am

    Sounds scary to me but i hope he knows and have been advised better.
    We have kidnappers in the South and terrorist in the North,the presence of Military put scare in their midst.

    Still saw military men and women yesterday in New York close to WTC and major entries points. Train station,Airport etc

    I still think that areas prone to any form of danger whether internal or external aggression should require more than the police.

    I agree police should be up and doing but needs time to be trained and well equipped,even boost their numbers by employing more graduates, before the withdrawal. Nigeria is peculiar due to BH. Our police still run from robbers.

    I can imagine driving to Kano without a single military check points or drive to far South. Hope those evil people are not celebrating at this decision.
    Well God help Nigeria. Even the withdrawal should not have been be publicized.

    • Warizdiz

      June 23, 2015 at 10:45 am

      This is a dumb ass move. This is not 1983. Nigeria, the world has changed. I was in Israel and it is as if you are in the middle of a war with arm carrying Law enforcement officers in strategic places. Yet, people went about their business as if it was normal. Meanwhile, this is a counry that has intelligence for planning and managing security challenges to the T. Nigeria does not have any intelligence network worthy of being relied on. So, the best thing for now is to keep the army on our roads until such a time when we are capable or effective intelligence for fighting terrorism. Except of course, this President know what we do not know. Like an agreement with Boko Haram to cease fire, Kidnappers to retire. This Change is fearful.

    • NaijaPikin

      June 23, 2015 at 2:35 pm

      you did not see military men by WTC, you saw police. Military men don’t roam the streets in the US unless there is a war or state of emergency

  4. Priscy

    June 23, 2015 at 9:36 am

    *sigh of relief*
    Thanks to all the good soldier who worked hard
    And to all those who have enriched their pockets with all the money they collected from various drivers…I shake my head for y”all

  5. art

    June 23, 2015 at 12:16 pm

    Relocating the military base to Maiduguri is not enough, now it is removing all military personnel from check points and borders so terrorists, Kidnapers and theives can have free pass to carry out their activities unhindered, what a smart move by saint PMB. and all the police officers that are going to replace the soldiers are Jack Bauers. Changi is really here.

  6. Ash

    June 23, 2015 at 12:59 pm

    You can open your mouth and say that because you and your family have now moved into the presidential villa. ..Change indeed has come.

  7. or

    June 23, 2015 at 2:24 pm

    Ritualist/Kidnappers/Robbers in the South West

    Kidnappers/ Smuggling /Robbers in the South East

    Kidnappers/Militants/Robbers in the South South

    Terrorism and Violence (including Fulani attacks) in the North yet the Presidency thinks we don’t need military on the dark corners.

    I pity Nigeria!

  8. mabel

    June 23, 2015 at 5:31 pm

    It is real ‘I pity Nigeria’. So now you want to compare our police to NY police abi? Our police is omomo o. Real omomo. If you like train them from now till thy kingdom come. They will still be omomo. Dem too fear. Please PMB we want our armies at the check points o. Leave them first, do other things first haba. All these security number one priority yet you want to do this?

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