Nigerian army begins Operation Crocodile Smile in Lagos state (Photos)

- The second phase of the Nigerian army training tagged Operation Crocodile Smile has started in the southwest

- The exercise was launched in Lagos and Ogun state on October 7

- The operation is expected to end on October 28 and the public has been urged to support and cooperate with the troops

The troops of 81 Division of the Nigerian army on October 7, launched its 2017 training exercise tagged Operation Crocodile Smile in Lagos and Ogun state.

The southwest exercise is expected to last three weeks and end on October 28, 2017.

The spokesman of the division, Lieutenant Colonel Olaolu Daudu, in a statement on Monday, said that the exercise will also avail troops the opportunity to sharpen combat skills in the conduct of land base as well as joint riverine operation.

Daudu added that the exercise may transform into real operations to deal with emerging security challenges such as kidnappings, cultism, armed robbery, pipeline vandalism, and insurgency, among others, Daily Post reports.

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He said: “Law-abiding citizens are advised to go about their normal businesses without fear. Dates and locations of the various humanitarian activities, such as sanitation exercises and free medical interventions will be announced in due course.

“The division also wishes to allay the fears of the public, as they will witness increased movements of troops and equipment during the period.

“They are please requested to cooperate and support us, to ensure the success of the exercise, which is aimed at making the Nigerian army responsive to its constitutional roles."

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Meanwhile, previously reported that the Nigerian army announced the deployment of troops for the commencement of Operation Crocodile Smile II in the six Niger Delta states.

Enobong Udoh, the general officer commanding 6 division of the army, made this known on Saturday, October 7, while addressing troops.

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