- The Coalition of Human Rights Monitoring Groups has countered claims that the army's operation crocodile is aimed at #EndSARS protesters
- The group said the exercise has been on for some time and takes place annually
- According to the group, the exercise was launched to curb the activities of criminals across the country
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The Coalition of Human Rights Monitoring Groups (CHRMG) has assured Nigerians of maximum safety throughout the Nigerian army's operation 'crocodile smile'.
The CHRMG said contrary to the claims that the exercise is targeted at protesters, the operation crocodile smile is only targeted at criminal bent on causing mayhem in various cities across the country.
Speaking on behalf of the group, the coordinator of CHRMG, Abubakar Gana, said the annual army operation has no relationship with the ongoing #EndSARS protests in the country.
He said the narrative being sold to the people that the army is against the protesters is a distraction and fake news.
The group said the operation is an expression of the army’s commitment to the peace and security of Nigeria, which it has always upheld responsively and responsibly, in patriotic flavour in the last five years.
Similarly, a civil rights lawyer, Osuagwu Ugochukwu, has debunked claims that there was a connection between the announcement of the operation crocodile smile by the Nigerian army and the #EndSARS protest.
Ugochukwu said contrary to claims by several individuals and groups, the Nigerian army has never involved itself in a civil uproar.
Meanwhile, Legit.ng previously reported the Nigerian army announced the launch of the operation crocodile smile.
The army spokesperson, Musa Sagir, also said that this year's edition of operation crocodile smile will feature cyber warfare operations AND will take place between October 20, and December 2020.
Also, a group of Yoruba youths had said that the exercise launched by the army is not aimed at protesters demanding an end to police brutality in the country.
The group also urged citizens to support the military's efforts to protect the nation's sovereignty and end criminality across states in Nigeria.
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