- The third phase of the Army's Operation Python Dance will begin in the south east
- The Army said the operation will involve training of troops across the southeast states
- According to the Army, criminal activities like armed robbery, kidnapping and other criminal activities that distort peace and tranquility of the citizenry would also be tackled
The Nigerian Army has announced its plan to begin an annual training programme of "Operation Python Dance III" popularly referred to as Exercise Egwu Eke III in the southeast states.
The exercise which had its two previous phases, I and II, would take place in states' formations and units under the 82 Division of the Nigerian Army.
Vanguard reports that the general officer commanding of the 82 Division, Nigerian Army, Major General Emmanuel Kabuk, while speaking when he paid a familiarisation visit to the military cantonment, 302 Artillery Regiment (General Support) Onitsha, Anambra state, said the operation is a training exercise for troops.
Kabuk said during the training, criminal activities like armed robbery, kidnapping and other criminal activities that distort peace and tranquility of the citizenry, would be tackled.
He also urged residents of the southeast states to remain law abiding citizens of the country and go about their legitimate daily activities.
Kabuk said: “Exercise Egwu Eke III, is a training exercise for troops of 82 Division of the Nigerian Army and during the training, if there are criminal activities like armed robbery, kidnapping and other criminal activities that distort peace and tranquility of the citizenry along the line, the Army will not close its eyes and watch those criminals activities to thrive.”
“The Army trainS on daily basis and at times, as a group annually, so Exercise Egwu Eke, from the beginning was Python Dance I," Kabuk said.
"We changed it to Egwu Eke to align with the environment which is the South East, still referring to it as Python Dance II and so, we are now saying that Exercise Egwueke III is going to hold. It is still going to be a training exercise.
Whenever Exercise Egwueke is mentioned, people always think the Army has come to do some dangerous things in the South East. It is a wrong impression, it is a training exercise, but I must tell you that the people that get afraid are criminal elements who are looking for cover in their crimes.
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We want to let Nigerians know that if we are training, we are training to defend the territorial integrity of Nigeria. So, the pro Biafra activists and killer herdsmen are also Nigerians who are misguided. We should not allow misguided elements to disturb our peace. What we want is for law abiding citizens to live in peace. If you are not law abiding, the law will take its course.That is all we are saying," Kabuk added.
Meanwhile, NAIJ.com previously reported that the Nigerian Army has decried the use of Improvised Explosive Device (IED) as weapon in the south eastern part of Nigeria.
The Army said explosives are used by civilians to combat their enemies.
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