Army begins Operation Crocodile Smile in Lagos, Ogun

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The 81 Division of Nigerian Army said it would commence Operation Crocodile Smile IV on Tuesday in Lagos and Ogun States.

Major Kamarudeen Adegoke, Acting Deputy Director, Army Public Relations, said in a statement that the exercise would be conducted from November 19 to December 23.

The Army Spokesman said that the exercise was aimed at enhancing troops operational proficiency, inter-agency cooperation and civil-military coordination.

It said that the exercise was also aimed at curbing prevalent contemporary security challenges such as kidnapping, armed robbery, cultism, ritual killing and pipeline vandalism within its area of responsibility.

“There would be free medical outreach, maintenance of some selected roads and distribution of educational materials to some schools in Lagos and Ogun State,” he said.

The statement advised members of the public not to panic on sighting troops and movement of military equipment throughout the period of the exercise.

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