To curb the tide of pipeline vandalism in the Niger Delta region, the Nigeria Military has began Operation Crocodile Smile III exercise across the states of the regions.
The Acting Assistant Director, Army Public Relations, Lt. Tayo Oluwafemi of 2 Brigade Nigerian Army, made this known in a statement made available to the News Agency of Nigeria in Uyo on Tuesday.
Oluwafemi in the statement said that the operation will commenced on Monday October 22 would last till November 22, 2018.
“In line with the Army Headquarters Training Directive for Year 2018 which tasked Headquarters 6 Division, Port Harcourt to organize above mentioned exercise, the exercise is going to take place within the States in the Niger Delta Region including Akwa Ibom State.
“In view of this, Headquarters 2 Brigade, Uyo will from Monday 22 October to 22 November 2018 conduct Exercise Crocodile Smile III.
“This is aimed at stemming the tide of pipeline vandalism, illegal refineries/bunkering, kidnapping, cultism and other related crimes, ” he said.
He added that other activities to be carried out include; Medical Outreaches, Sanitation Exercise, Distribution of items to Orphanages, Distribution of Sporting Equipment to Schools, Distribution of items to Market Women and Sinking of Borehole in selected Local Government Areas.
He admonished the people of the region not to panic as their will be movement of troops and military equipment as the operation gets on the way.
He urged members of the public especially residents of Ikot Abasi and Mbo Local Government Areas in Akwa Ibom to keep away from the exercise area.
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