Army extends Operation Crocodile Smile, others

Posted by Emmanuel Onani, Abuja | 23 December 2019 | 1,136 times

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•Chief of Army Staff, Lt-Gen. Buratai

The Nigerian Army has announced the extension of its operations in parts of the country, which were scheduled to end Monday.

The exercises began on October 7.

Consequently, the Army said exercises Ayem Akpatuma II covering Benue, Nasarawa, Kogi and Taraba states, as well as parts of Kaduna and Niger states,  Atilogwu Udo 1 in South East, and Crocodile Smile IV (Akwa Ibom, Bayelsa, Cross River, Delta, Edo, Lagos, Ogun and Rivers states, will continue until January 7, 2020.

In a statement by its spokesperson, Col. Sagir Musa, the Army said it extended the aforementioned exercises, “owing to the tremendous successes recorded in the ongoing Operations/Exercises across the country especially in the aspect of Exercise Positive Identification”.

New Telegraph recalls that, announcement for the commencement of the operations, which were billed to be conducted “concurrently”, was made on September 25, 2019.

Meanwhile, the Chief of Army Staff (COAS), Lt-Gen. Tukur Buratai, has assured of the service’s resolve to protect lives and property of all “law-abiding citizens” across the country. (New Telegraph)


Source: News Express

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