- Col. Aminu Iliyasu, the division’s deputy director, army public relations says the Nigerian army is expected to begin Operation Crocodile Smile 2 in the entire Niger Delta region
- The director says the military exercise would be conducted between October 7 and 28 in the region
- The aim of Operation Crocodile Smile 2 is to equip troops with skills in administration, operational, logistics and civil-military cooperation aspects in a military operation
Nigerian army troops of the 6 Division in Port Harcourt, Rivers state, are expected to begin Operation Crocodile Smile 2 in the Niger Delta.
Col. Aminu Iliyasu, the division’s deputy director, army public relations, in a statement on Monday, October 2, said the exercise would be conducted between October 7 and 28.
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He said: “In line with the Nigerian army’s training directive for the Year 2017, troops of 6 Division, Nigerian army, Port Harcourt, including its affiliated formations and units, located within its entire Area of Responsibility (AOR), which covers the core Niger Delta states of Akwa Ibom, Bayelsa, Delta and Rivers, will be participating in this year’s Exercise Crocodile Smile II, within the entire Niger Delta region.
“The exercise is intended to equip troops with skills in administration, operational, logistics and civil-military cooperation aspects in a military operation, such as the provision of free medical care to host communities, Quick Impact Projects (QIP) and the conduct of sanitation exercises to be undertaken by the troops for the benefit of their host communities and distribution of educational materials to schools. These are parts of army’s Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR).
“It will also avail troops the opportunity to sharpen their combat skills in the conduct of land based and joint riverine operations.
“The exercise will also aim at imparting to the troops the importance of equipment maintenance, reconnaissance, inter-service and inter-agency cooperation, effective application of the Nigerian Army code of conduct, as well as strict adherence to Rules of Engagement (ROE), proper handling of Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) and captured or surrendered hostile elements, in line with international best practices.”
In a previous report by NAIJ.com, the Nigerian army will in the next couple of days commence a military operation in Ogun state tagged Operation Crocodile Smile.
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The brigade commander of 35 artillery brigade, Basil Adoke, made the disclosure at a reception organised by the state government as part of activities marking the 57 Independent Anniversary on Sunday, October 1.
The commander said the operation is aimed at addressing security challenges in the state and its environs, Guardian reports.
How Nigerians celebrated the 57th Independence anniversary in Umuahia. - on NAIJ.com TV.