- The Operation Python Dance designed to suppress crimes in the south-east of the country is coming to an end
- However, troops will remain in the area to continue with patrols, road blocks and check points
The Operation Python Dance launched by the Nigerian army in the south-east geo-political zone on November 27 will end on December 27.
The operation that constrained various crimes in the area during the yuletide period was assessed as sucessful by Sagir Musa, the deputy director on public relations, 82 fivision of the Nigerian army.
He said:"The exercise will end on December 27, as earlier indicated. However, troops will still be massively around in the whole of south-east to continue with patrols, road blocks and check points.
Nigeria’s south-east has not recorded incidence of armed robbery, kidnapping, cultism and associated violence as well as inter-communal, herdsmen-farmers clashes during this Yuletide due to the on-going military exercise in the region tagged Operation Python Dance.
These menaces are and have been the focus and targets of this exercise which has so far been successful."
According to Mr Musa, Adamu Abubakar, the general officer commanding 82 division, has visited Awka, Agulu, Nnobi, Ihiala and Okija communities in Anambra state on Sunday, December 25 to assess the state of troops.
Besides, Mr Abubakar has assessed the state of security and vehicular movements at the Niger Bridge.
"It would be recalled that traffic gridlock has for many years, especially during the yuletide, been endemic on the Niger Bridge at both Asaba and Onitsha axis inflicting suffering and other inconveniences on road users.
Hence, part of the target for the exercise is to check the usual gridlock, chaos and insecurity on the Bridge. This objective has so far been achieved.
Since the start of Exercise Python Dance, there has not been any case of gridlock and associated insecurity on the Asaba-Onitsha Bridge.
The orderliness, the disposition of combined security personnel and the manner the general public conducted themselves, especially the road users is commendable."
Mr Musa has once again called on Nigerians to remain always security conscious and to report any suspicious actions and persons to security agencies.
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