A special military operation that will involve land, air and sea bombardments of militants attacking oil assets in the Niger Delta, ‘Exercise Crocodile Smile’, has formally been launched by the Nigeria Army to provide adequate security for residents as well as critical national economic assets in the region.
The Chief of Army Staff, Lieutenant General Tukur Buratai, flagged-off the exercise on Saturday in Sapele, Delta State.
Addressing the troops, he urged them to respect the rights of law abiding citizens in their areas of operation whom he said were critical to the success of the exercise.
“We are in Warri to flag-off this exercise in order to get our troops prepared for any eventuality .
“We need to keep our country safe. We need to get our economy going without any interruption,” he said.
The Chief of Army Staff and his entourage had earlier in separate courtesy visits to the Delta State Governor, Dr. Ifeanyi Okowa and the Olu of Warri, Godfrey Ikenwoli Emiko, briefed them on the exercise.