Nigerian Army Launches Operation Egwu Eke IV, Crocodile Smile IV, Others
The Nigerian Army says it has launched exercise Crocodile Smile IV Exercise Egwu Eke IV and Exercise Ayem Akpatuma II as part of efforts to combat all forms of insecurities in the country.
This is even as the Army said 'Operation Positive Identification' which is ongoing in the North East theatre of operation will be extended to cover the entire nation.
Speaking during a press conference yesterday in Abuja, the Chief Of Army Staff Lt Gen TY BurataI said the operation will be directed at curtailing the movement of bandits, kidnappers, armed robbers, ethnic militia, cattle rustlers and other criminal elements to other relatively peaceful states to perpetrate their crimes.
The Chief of Army Staff who was represented by the Director of Operations, Nigerian Army, Major Gen. Enobong Udoh said the operation has become necessary owing to the myriad of emergent threats that are burgeoning some zones in the country, adding that the Nigerian Army, acting in aid of civil authority, is poised to combating these threats as part of its constitutional roles.
He said the series of military exercises within respective geo-political zones of the country was in line with the 2019 Nigerian Army Forecast of Events.
According to him Exercise EGWU EKE IV will be carried out in the South Eastern part of Nigeria comprising, Abia, Anambra, Ebonyi, Enugu and Imo States in 82 Division area of Responsibility.
He said the exercise Crocodile Smile IV will be held across some states in the South South and part of South Western States including Akwa Ibom, Bayelsa, Cross River, Delta Edo, Lagos, Ogun and Rivers State in 2, 6, 81 and 82 Divisions Areas of Responsibility.