Army launches Operation Python Dance III ahead of general elections

Army launches Operation Python Dance III ahead of general elections

- The Nigerian Army has launched Operation Python Dance III

- The operation is geared towards sustaining peace in Plateau and surrounding states

- The army said this is in preparation for the general elections

The Maxwell Khobe Cantonment which is a division of the Nigerian Army has launched Operation Python Dance III - Egwu Eke - in a bid to tackle insecurity ahead of the general elections.

Premium Times reports that the operation has its headquarters in Plateau state and expected to cover Plateau, Bauchi, Gombe Adamawa and Taraba states.

Nuhu Angbaza who is the General Officer Commanding spoke during the flagging off of the exercise held at the Rafiki village in Plateau saying it is in line with reassuring the people of adequate security.

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He said: "The exercise is in line with the Army Headquarters directives and it is aimed at reassuring the general public of the federal government’s commitment at protecting lives and property of Nigerian citizens by building confidence before, during and after the 2019 general elections.

“The exercise, which was to be conducted simultaneously across the country from 28 December 2018 to 28 February 2019, is conceptualised to combat real – time, prevailing security challenges as observed, such as stockpiling of arms by criminal groups, formation of militias and violence induced by political parties activities.

“It will also checkmate other security threats across the country such as terrorism, militancy, kidnapping, banditry and other criminal activities of dissident groups."

Governor Simon Lalong who was represented by his commissioner for rural development, Ezekiel Daju, said the operation will ensure peace and security.

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He said: “This exercise is considered timely at a time when our dear nation is faced with numerous security challenges.

“It is our common belief that with this exercise and other security-related operations that are taking place across the country, peace and security will return not only in Plateau State but in the entire country.”

Meanwhile, the Nigerian Army on Friday, January 11, buried 14 soldiers killed in an ambush by Boko Haram terrorists on December 24, 2018.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the 14 soldiers who were on escort duty were ambushed on their way back to Kaduna by the terrorists on Damaturu-Maiduguri road.

The General Commanding (GOC) 1 Division Nigerian Army, Major General Mohammed Mohammed said it was a grim day in the division and the entire Army.

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