Olusegun Ariyo

The Nigeria Army has given a clearer perspective on its focus of operation Crocodile smile saying development not Targeted at EndSARS protesters

Acting Director of Army Public Relations, Sagir Musa, made this known in a  statement on Sunday and that which was obtained from its verified Facebook by urban Express-News Online.

Urban Express-News Online Reports the announcement made by the Nigeria Army that its Operation Crocodile Smile would hold between October 20 and December 31 nationwide.

The announcement came amidst #EndSARS protests against police brutality, extortion, and extrajudicial killings in the country, creating a panic that the operation might have been launched to stop the protest.

But Col. Musa sagir said the operation will tackle cyber warfare and insurgency in the country, particularly in the North-East, where Boko Haram insurgents have caused massive destruction.

In a statement on Saturday, the Acting Director, Army Public Relations, Col Sagir Musa, said this year’s Operation Crocodile Smile would hold between October 20 and December 31.

The statement read in part, “The attention of the Nigerian Army has been drawn to some social media stuff wrongfully condemning the Army and its Leadership over the announcement of Exercise Crocodile Smile VI particularly the Cyber Warfare Component of the Exercise.

“This year’s Exercise Crocodile Smile is scheduled to commence from the 20th of October to the 31st of December 2020 has no relationship with any lawful protest under any guise whatsoever.

“For the records, Exercise Crocodile Smile is a yearly exercise in the NA Calendar/Forecast of Events which traditionally holds from October to December of each year.

“Thus, to now insinuate that it is an exercise meant to stifle the ongoing #EndSARS protest is, to say the least highly misinformed. Exercise Crocodile Smile VI has nothing to do with the ongoing protest and the NA has never been involved in the ongoing protest in any form whatsoever. So far, the army has acted professionally since the civil protest started over two weeks ago.

“The army hereby enjoins all law-abiding Nigerians to go about their lawful activities unhindered as the Exercise has nothing to do with #EndSARS protest’’.

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