Army could go after Kidnappers, Cultists and Armed Robbers – Lt. Col. Daudu
The 81st Division of the Nigerian Army has launched a training operations tagged Exercise Crocodile Smile II in Lagos and Ogun states, spanning the areas it covers.
The force disclosed that the exercise commenced which in Ogun and Lagos on October 7, 2017, will end on October 28, 2017. Though the force is weighing the possibility of the exercise progressing to an operation when they would start going after criminal elements in those states.
In a statement released on Monday, Spokesman of the division, Lieutenant Colonel Olaolu Daudu said that the exercise will also avail troops the opportunity to sharpen combat skills in the conduct of land-based as well as joint riverine operations. He also reiterated that the exercise may transform into real operations to deal with emerging security challenges such as kidnappings, cultism, armed robbery, pipeline vandalism, and insurgency, among others. These, he said, were within the division’s area of responsibility.
The Division Spokesman, however, warned that the Exercise Crocodile Smile II is not targeted at any individual or group.
According to him: “Law-abiding citizens are advised to go about their normal businesses without fear. Dates and locations of the various humanitarian activities, such as sanitation exercises and free medical interventions will be announced in due course.
“The division also wishes to allay the fears of the public, as they will witness increased movements of troops and equipment during the period.
“They are please requested to cooperate and support us, to ensure the success of the exercise, which is aimed at making the Nigerian army responsive to its constitutional roles.”
The Nigerian Army had launched Operation Python Dance in the South-East Region of the Country on September 15 and it is expected to end on 14th October. Operation Crocodile Smile I was also launched in 6 Niger-Delta States on October 7 and expected to end on October 28 with over 3,000 Army personnel deployed to the Niger-Delta states.