Nigerian Army activates ‘Operation Crocodile Smile’ on Tuesday amidst #EndSARS protests

Nigerian Army activates ‘Operation Crocodile Smile’ on Tuesday amidst #EndSARS protests

As the #ENDSARS protests raging across the country, the Nigerian Army, on Saturday, October 17, announced the re-activation of its annual exercise, Crocodile Smile IV nationwide.

The Nigerian Army made this via a statement signed by the Acting Director of Army Public Relations, Col. Sagir Musa, and made available to journalists on Saturday.

Musa disclosed that the exercise is scheduled to commence from the 20th of October to the 31st of December 2020.

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According to the statement, “The Nigerian Army is set to start its annual Exercise CROCODILE SMILE which is traditionally conducted in the last quarter of the year. This year’s Exercise CROCODILE SMILE V1 is scheduled to commence from the 20th of October to the 31st of December 2020.

“The Exercise is deliberately intended to be all-encompassing to include cyber warfare exercises designed to identify; track, and counter negative propaganda in the social media and across the cyberspace.

“This is the first-ever Cyberwarfare exercise to be conducted in the history of the African Armed Forces.

“Accordingly, the exercise will also include positive identification component aimed at identifying Boko Haram terrorists fleeing from the North East and other parts of the country as a result of the ongoing operations in the various theatres of operations especially in the Northeast, North Central and North Western parts of Nigeria.

“The Nigerian Army, once again, reassures all well-meaning Nigerians of its commitment to the sustenance of peace and security in Nigeria and urges members of the public for their support and understanding throughout the period of the exercise.”

Meanwhile, a former Vice President, Atiku Abubakar on Saturday, October 17, revealed that #EndSARS protesters mean well for the country.

He said the protesters, majorly youths, deserved to be heard; and also engaged for the good of the country and its citizens.

Atiku made this appeal after the Candle Night organised by the EndSARS protesters on Friday night in some states; to honour Nigerians killed as a result of police brutality.

Atiku wrote on his Twitter handle; “Last night’s #CandleLight in remembrance and honour of all those killed by the unjust system was powerful; and reinforced my belief that our youth means well and deserve to be heard; and engaged for the good of our people and our nation.”

 

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