The Nigerian Army on Saturday, said it
would launch Operation Crocodile Smile II, in the South-South region and
some parts of the South-West.
The Director, Army Public Relations, Brig.-Gen. Sani Usman, confirmed this in an interview with Signature TV on Saturday.
He said the army embarked on Python Dance lI, because of the positive feedback from the South-East after Python Dance I.
“Look, this is the Federal Republic of
Nigeria. The Nigerian military belongs to Nigeria and they have a duty
to exercise in any part of the country. It is so sad that some people
try to politicise these issues. They should have exercised patience and
seen how this exercise would go.
“We had Operation Harbin Kunama II
covering the North-West and parts of the North-Central this year. As
soon as we are done with Egwu Eke II (Python Dance), we are also going
on Crocodile Smile II that will cover the South-South and some parts of
the South-West of the country.
“Operation Python Dance II came about
based on the encouraging feedback we received as a result of Python
Dance I held last year. This is especially because of the crimes during
the ‘ember’ period in the region. You know that the South-easterners,
who are enterprising and industrious people, have to return to their
places at the end of the year.
“Unfortunately, some criminal elements
take advantage of this period to perpetrate crimes. We have armed
robberies, kidnappings, and communal clashes. But the Christmas of 2016
and New Year 2017 were the most peaceful in that part of the country,
and that is attributed to the field training exercise, Python Dance I,”