25 June 2012

West Africa: Nigeria Replaces Troops in Liberia

Sources at the defence headquarters, Abuja said some Nigerian troops serving under the United Nations Mission in Liberia (UNMIL) are leaving Liberia while others are being sent to replace them.

The source said arrangement was recently completed to replace some Nigerian troops in Liberia with others after serving their mandatory terms there. Nigerian soldiers maintained some battalions under the UNMIL since inception in 2003.

When contacted, the Director, Defence Information, Colonel Mohammed Yerima, confirmed that troops in Liberia will rotate but did not state the exact numbers.

UNMIL took over peacekeeping operations from the ECOWAS vanguard force, ECOWAS Mission in Liberia (ECOMIL), on October 1, 2003. Approximately 3,600 ECOMIL troops, comprising contingents from Nigeria, Benin, Gambia, Ghana, Guinea-Bissau, Mali, Senegal and Togo were reassigned to UNMIL as United Nations peacekeepers.

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