Army be­gins train­ing ex­er­cise in S/South

Daily Trust - - NEWS - By Ron­ald Mu­tum

The Nige­rian Army yes­ter­day said troops from the 82 Di­vi­sion and part of the 2 Di­vi­sion would this week­end, be­gin a train­ing ex­er­cise code named: “Ex­er­cise Croc­o­dile Smile” in the South-south of the coun­try.

A state­ment from army spokesman, Colonel Sani Us­man, said yes­ter­day that the ex­er­cise would tra­verse the area of the di­vi­sions’ re­spon­si­bil­ity in the region.

“The aim of the ex­er­cise is to (prac­tice) our Spe­cial Forces and other units of the Nige­rian Army in am­phibi­ous and in­ter­nal se­cu­rity op­er­a­tions in river­ine en­vi­ron­ments and also check crim­i­nal ac­tiv­i­ties like kid­nap­ping, mil­i­tancy and piracy and other forms of crim­i­nal ac­tiv­i­ties in sup­port of the civil au­thor­ity,” the state­ment said.

It ad­vised members of the pub­lic not to panic on the sight of unusual move­ment of a large num­ber of troops, heavy mil­i­tary weapons and equip­ment in the ar­eas.

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