- The Nigerian Army has began its “Operation Positive Identity” and Nigerians will henceforth be required to carry identification cards to prove their identity
- The Army says the move is to uncover individuals with questionable identities
- According to the Army, the exercise became necessary, owing to the myriad of emergent threats that are burgeoning across the geo-political zones
As the Nigerian Army begins quick profiling of citizens under a new military exercise codenamed “Operation Positive Identification”, Nigerians will be required to carry identification cards to prove their identity.
The chief of Army staff, Lt Gen Tukur Buratai, who made the development public during the launching of routine military exercises, Crocodile Smile IV, Egwu Eke IV and Ayem Akpatuma II, said the move is to uncover individuals with questionable identities, The Nation reports.
Legit.ng gathers that Buratai said the operation will prevent dislodged and fleeing terrorists from gaining access to peaceful areas, and the exercises, which are currently taking place in the north-east, would soon be extended to other parts of Nigeria.
Buratai, who was represented by the Nigerian Army’s chief of training and operations, Maj Gen E. O. Udoh, said the aim of Operation Positive Identification is to curtail the movement of kidnappers, armed robbers, bandits and other criminal elements.
He said the exercise became necessary, “owing to the myriad of emergent threats that are burgeoning across the geo-political zones”.
He added: “As part of its constitutional roles, the Nigerian Army, acting in aid of civil authority, is poised to combating these threats.”
Meanwhile, Legit.ng previously reported that in efforts to stop kidnappings and other forms of criminality in Nigeria, the Army said it would commence training exercises and operations across the six geo-political zones of Nigeria.
This was disclosed by the chief of Army staff, Lt Gen Tukur Buratai, at a news conference in Abuja.
Buratai said the exercises include ‘Exercise Crocodile Smile 4 to be conducted in the south-south zone, Egwu Eke 4 in the south-east and Ayem Akpatuma 2 in the north central and parts of north-west.
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