Troops of the Nigerian Army have been deployed to the Niger Delta states for the commencement of Operation Crocodile Smile II.
This was disclosed on Saturday by the General Officer Commanding (GOC) 6 Division, Nigerian Army, Port Harcourt, Maj.-Gen. Enobong Udoh.
He said: “Operation Crocodile Smile is not a show of force but a confidence-building patrol that seeks to reassure the people of Rivers state and the Niger Delta that the army is ready to work.
“We are ready to work in close synergy and collaboration with other security services and agencies of government to ensure that there is peace and security for the people.
“Our operation aims to reassure the public that we are ready to fight crimes like cultism, militancy, and kidnapping so that people can go about their business without fear,” he said.
The troops are to be aided in the campaign by men of the Nigerian Police Force (NPF), Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC), Nigerian Security and Civil Defense Corps (NSCDC), Nigerian Immigration Service (NIS) and the Department of State Security (DSS).
The exercise would hold from October 7 until October 28 in Akwa Ibom, Bayelsa, Delta and Rivers states.