Troops deployed to the Niger Delta communities to fight militants attacking major oil and gas installations in the region, are to be pulled out immediately.
Troops will however remain in the waterways and creeks in the region to protect the national assets, including oil installations.
The decision was the outcome of a meeting between acting President Yemi Osinbajo and the state governors from the Niger Delta region and oil producing Ondo State at the presidential villa, Abuja.
Governor Ifeanyi Okonwa of delta state, who briefed the state house correspondents after the meeting, said the withdrawal of troops from communities would be followed by talks with the militants and major stakeholders in the region.
He said far reaching decisions were reached at the meeting to tackle the deadly attacks on oil and gas installations in delta and Bayelsa states, which has cut Nigeria’s daily crude oil production from 2.2 million barrels to 1.6 million barrels.
Also at the meeting were petroleum minister of state, the Defence Minister, the Niger Delta Affairs Minister, the Special Adviser to the President on Niger Delta affairs.