Nigerian Army launches ‘Operation Crocodile Smile’ in Southeast

Troops of the Nigerian Army during a raid on bandits' hideout in Katsina state.

The Nigerian Army is preparing for the launch of ‘Exercise Crocodile Smile VI’, Aliyu Yusuf, the spokesman of the 82 Division, Enugu said in a statement on Tuesday.

Aliyu said the army command has concluded plans for an inter-agency training workshop as part of the preparations for the operations.

“In line with Nigerian Army Training Directive 2020, 82 Division will be hosting a 2-day inter-agency training workshop to launch the Exercise Crocodile Smile VI in the South-East and Cross River.

“The workshop will be held between Nov. 18 and Nov. 19 at the division’s headquarters.

“The workshop is designed to further boost the existing cooperation among the various security agencies operating within 82 Division Area of Responsibility (AOR),’’ Yusuf stated.

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The army spokesman said that the theme of the workshop: “Inter-agency collaboration: imperative for joint internal security operation,’’ would be achieved through carefully selected lectures.

The workshop is open to all security outfits and formations within the division’s AOR.

In the past, “Operation Crocodile Smile” has drawn criticism from Nigerians. Many complain that the army uses the operation to harass and extort motorists, especially during the Yuletide season.

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