Nigerian Army Begins Operation Crocodile Smile III in Cross River
Governor Ben Ayade of Cross River State has flagged off the Nigerian Army operation crocodile smile III exercise in Bakassi Local Government Area to check cases of kidnapping, militancy and armed robbery. The Governor said it would also help to maintain peace and orderliness during the annual Calabar festival and the 2019 polls. According to him, the exercise will also reduce the proliferation of arms through the Cameroon border at Ikang in Bakassi. He called on all security agencies to work in harmony with a view to bringing the security challenges across the country under control.
In his own remarks, the Chief of Army Staff disclosed that the exercise was designed to include riverine and land operations. He said the main aim was to monitor the creeks by tackling kidnapping, militancy and armed robbery. According to him, the exercise was designed to enable officers and soldiers of 13 Brigade to show their proficiency in internal security.