- The brigade commander of 35 artillery brigade, Basil Adoke, says Operation Crocodile Smile is to address security challenges in Ogun state and its environs
- He states that the military exercise would be a replica of the Operation Python Dance introduced in Abia state
- The commander says some miscreants in Ogun state have been identified and need to be flushed out
The Nigerian army will in the next couple of days commence a military operation in Ogun state tagged Operation Crocodile Smile.
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.
He said the military exercise which would be a replica of Operation Python Dance introduced in Abia state is targeted at miscreants.
“We are going to start crocodile smile in Ogun State. It is a scale of exercise to step up tempo targeted on miscreants,” he said.
Adoke said some miscreants in the state have been identified and need to be flushed out.
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He however, urged residents not to entertain any fear when the operation commences.
He said: "Though, the state is said to be peaceful but we still have some miscreants to be dealt with, so when you see crocodile smile, don’t be scared.”
Meanwhile, the Nigerian army has denied killing civilians, especially members of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) during its Operation Python Dance II in the southeast.
Colonel Sagir Musa, the Deputy Director, Army Public Relations, 82 Division, in an interview with punch said there are no evidence that the army killed anybody during its operation in Aba and Umuahia.
Musa said claims by the IPOB, a group which has been recently proscribed by the government, that its members were killed by the army, are all rumours and should not be taken seriously.