- Nigerian Army troops have stormed Niger Delta for the commencement of Operation Crocodile Smile II
- The Army said the operation aims to reassure the public fight crimes like cultism, militancy, and kidnapping in the region
- Enobong Udoh, the general officer commanding 6 division of the Army, said the operation is in collaboration with other security services and agencies of government
Nigerian army has announced the deployment of troops for the commencement of Operation Crocodile Smile II in the six Niger Delta states.
Enobong Udoh, the general officer commanding 6 division of the army, made this known on Saturday, October 7, while addressing troops.
He said: ''Operation Crocodile Smile is not a show of force but a confidence-building patrol that seeks to reassure the people of Rivers state and the Niger Delta that the army is ready to work.
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''We are ready to work in close synergy and collaboration with other security services and agencies of government to ensure that there is peace and security for the people.
''Our operation aims to reassure the public that we are ready to fight crimes like cultism, militancy, and kidnapping so that people can go about their business without fear.''
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Udoh added that troops would carry out collaborative patrols with the police, Federal Road Safety Corps and the Department of State Security.
Others are Nigerian Security and Civil Defense Corps, Nigerian Customs Service, Nigerian Immigration Service and personnel of the Nigerian Prison Service.
He said the division would carry out the exercise slated from October 7 to October 28 in Akwa Ibom, Bayelsa and Rivers states while another formation would cover other states in the Niger Delta.
Meanwhile, NAIJ.com had reported that Aminu Iliyasu, the division’s deputy director, army public relations said the troops were expected to begin the operation in the entire region.
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