Liberia is now in peace and the last batch of 200 Nigerian peacekeepers deployed to the once troubled country have been withdrawn.

The soldiers who were serving under the UN Mission in Liberia, UNSMIL were withdrawn after 5 years following the conclusion of their mission in the country.

The last military protection force in UNSMIL left Liberia on Thursday as part of the termination of the mission’s mandate, scheduled on March 30, the mission said.

UNMIL was established in September 2003 to monitor a ceasefire agreement in Liberia following the resignation of President Charles Taylor and the conclusion of the Second Liberian Civil War.

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The Nigerian contingent had been deployed in Liberia since the mission was established.

An official farewell ceremony was held on Monday in honour of the departing Police and Military personnel who have served with the Mission.

This symbolised the end of UNMIL’s military and police operations in Liberia, more than 14 years after UNSMIL was deployed in compliance with Security Council resolution 1509 (2003).

At the start of the mission, 16,475 uniformed personnel were deployed, and the farewell ceremony was in honour of the last departing 689 uniformed personnel (404 military and 285 police).

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