- Operation Crocodile Smile IV has commenced in the south-south Nigeria
- The Army made this known on Friday, October 25, in Rivers state
- According to Maj.-Gen. Jamil Sarham, the operation would be carried out in Akwa Ibom, Bayelsa, Cross River and Rivers states
The 6 Division of the Nigerian Army in Port Harcourt has deployed troops for the commencement of Operation Crocodile Smile IV in four Niger Delta states.
Legit.ng reports that the General Officer Commanding (GOC) 6 Division, Nigerian Army, Port Harcourt, Maj.-Gen. Jamil Sarham, disclosed this on Friday, October 25, at the opening of free medical outreach in Rumuokoro community, Obio/Akpor in Rivers state.
News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the medical outreach in Obio/Akpor and Ogu/Bolo local government areas signalled the commencement of the operation in the state.
The army chief said the exercise has recorded several successes since it was first launched in the Niger Delta in 2016.
“Operation Crocodile Smile has achieved significant successes in the protection of oil and gas infrastructures as well as checkmating crimes since its inception three years ago.
Sarham urged the people to carry out their lawful economic and social activity without fear of intimidation and molestation by troops during the operation.
He called on the people to participate in the free medical outreach designed to test and treat minor ailments in the area.
Speaking at the event, the deputy chairman of Obio/Akpor council, Chinyere Agbaru, thanked the Army for conducting the free medical test and treatment in the council.
She urged the division to carry out regular medical exercises in the area.
On his part, Victor Erasmus, the chairman of Ogu/Bolo council called on residents to support the army to enable troops conduct successful operation in the area. (NAN)
Meanwhile, Legit.ng had previously reported that the Army on Friday, October 25, announced its plan to launch an indigenous mine resistance ambush vehicle.
It was reported that the Army said the vehicle would be the first of its kind to be launched in Nigeria.
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