The Nigerian military, on Monday, flagged off its military operation in the Niger-Delta with a view to curb the activities of the militants in the region.
The operation, code-named ‘Operation Crocodile Smile’ was flagged off by Lt. Gen. Tukur Buratai, the Chief of Army Staff, in Port Harcourt, Rivers State.
According to him, “Our waters are generally porous. The Nigerian Army has amphibious capabilities in conjunction with the Nigerian Navy to carry out limited operations within the creeks.”
While calling on the militants to embrace the dialogue proposed by the Federal government and speak with one voice, the Army Chief stated, “The Operation Crocodile Smile is an exercise to train our troops on amphibious operations,” and targets training military officers on combat readiness as it concerns weapon handling, personnel skill on emergency situations as well as providing medical outreach to residents of the state.
In the same vein, Governor Nyesom Wike of Rivers State has declared his support for the military operation in the region as it will ensure the security challenges in region are addressed and help in promoting peace.
While receiving Buratai at the Government House in Port Harcourt, Wike noted, “The Rivers state government is fully in support of the operation. I was fully briefed by the Brigade Commander and we associate ourselves with the programme because it will make the Niger Delta safer. One of the advantages of the operation is that hoodlums in the creeks are being uprooted for a safer Niger Delta. I support the programme insofar as it is done within the constitution”.