- A group has scored the Nigerian Army high over the success of the Operation Python Dance III
- The human rights group said it is ecstatic with the peaceful atmosphere in the region as the country marks it’s 58th anniversary
- According to the group, the Army should sustain the Python Dance as an annual exercise and even consider the prospect of holding it twice in that period
The Nigerian Army has received commendation for its efforts in curbing criminal activities in the southeast region.
The Army was commended by a human rights organisation for the success of the much criticized Operation Python Dance III in the region.
After the first two editions, the military launched the third exercise early this year on the heels of the uncontrollable surge in kidnapping, banditry, armed robbery, human trafficking and other crimes in the southeast and parts of the south.
In a successful seven month spell by the 82 Division Nigerian Army, the Human Rights and Crime Monitoring Group expressed optimum satisfaction with the exercise.
The renowned group, a coalition of Nigerian intellectuals and professionals that monitors human rights concerns and security issues majorly in the southeast and south south geo-political zones of Nigeria said it is ecstatic with the peaceful atmosphere in the region as the country marks it’s 58th anniversary.
The monitoring group highlighted some obvious gains of the Nigerian Army from the recent operation in a statement by executive director, Werigbelegha Zinake, last week.
Zinake said: “The training exercise was successfully concluded without any major unanticipated incident. The exercise included deployment of troops to strategic locations in the zone."
“The duration of the exercise saw the entire south-east witnessing fewer crimes, while the south-east based separatists were unable to prevent people from going about their legitimate businesses. A purported sit at home order made by the IPOB within this period of time was rejected by the populace.
“There were attempts by separatist elements, mostly of the Indigenous People of Biafra, IPoB, and its affiliates to sabotage the exercise using propaganda intended to incite the populace against the Nigerian Army. This however failed to yield any meaningful impact unlike during Python Dance 2 and shows that the Nigerian Army has largely improved on its operation coordination and civil militray relations within the period.
“The preponderance of reactions in the zone is for the Army to not only sustain the exercise on an annual basis but to explore the possibility of increasing its frequency because of the latent threat posed by separatists and other criminal elements due to the economic viability of the region."
The group further urged the Army to sustain the Python Dance as an annual exercise and even consider the prospect of holding it twice in that period.
Meanwhile, Legit.ng previously reported that the Nigerian Army had 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.
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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.
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