The Nigerian Army Says Operations Python Dance & Crocodile Smile Will Begin in The South-East and South-West On November 1.

Written by on October 9, 2019

The Nigerian Army has said it will begin operations Python Dance and Crocodile Smile in the South-East and South-West  on the 1st of November. Exercise Ayem Akpatuma would commence on the same day in the North-Central.

The Chief of Army State, Lt. Gen. Tukur Buratai, announced this at a press conference in Abuja. According to the announcement, “The exercises to be conducted are Ayem Akpatuma II in the North-Central and parts of North-West states of Benue, Nasarawa, Kogi, Taraba, Kaduna and Niger in 1 and 3 Divisions.

“Exercise Egwu Eke IV will be carried out in the South-East comprising Abia, Anambra, Ebonyi, Enugu and lmo states in 82 Division Areas of Responsibility. Exercise Crocodile Smile IV will be held across states in the South-South  and South-West comprising  Akwa Ibom, Bayelsa, Cross River, Delta, Edo, Rivers  and Ogun in 2, 6, 81 and 82 divisions areas of responsibility.

“They will be conducted from November 1 to December 23. This has become necessary owing to threats that are burgeoning in the aforementioned zones and also aimed at  curtailing the movement of bandits, armed robbers, ethnic militia and cattle rustlers.”

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