The Nigeria Army will soon deploy its soldiers to combat the ongoing security threats in some part of the country. The troops will be deployed under special forces like the Operation Python Dance and Operation Crocodile Smile.
The Chief of Army Staff, Lt General Tukur Buratai, Friday, February 2, announced that the Nigerian Army would soon deploy soldiers to various parts of the country to combat the ongoing threat to security in the country. Buratai said the troops would be deployed under special forces such as Operation Python Dance and Operation Crocodile Smile.
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The army chief said that the Operation Python Dance III will commence in the south east, Operation Crocodile Smile III in the Niger Delta and South West and Harbin Kunama III in the North to contend cattle rustling in that part of the country. Vanguard reports that Buratai made this statement after leading personnel on an annual 15 kilometres route match that culminated at the Mogadishu Cantonment, Abuja.
Asked if there would be a special exercise to address recurring herdsmen/farmers clashes in Benue, Taraba and part of Nasarawa State, Buratai said the military is not thinking of a particular situation.
“Well, we are not thinking of any particular situation, we are going to train on general areas which could include that aspect (Benue killings) as well.
“But our focus will be to ensure that security is provided across the country.
“So, definitely, expect Harbin Kunama III; Crocodile Smile III and Egwu Eke Dance III and probably another exercise coming which will be made known at the appropriately time.”
Buratai charged the troops to be prepared as some of them may be deployed to any part of the country at short notice for operations to assist civil authorities to tackle internal security challenges.
He said he had approved funds for training in 2018 and therefore, they should expect a “robust training” during the period.
“This is to enable us to accomplish the task assigned to us by the Commander-In-Chief,” (Buhari) he added.