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Army To Commence Operation Crocodile Smile VI Across Nigeria From October 20

Valentine Chinyem

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The Nigeria Army has announced the commencement of its annual Operation Crocodile Smile across the nation.

Colonel Sagir Musa, Acting Director Army Public Relations, made this known in a statement issued on Saturday.

According to him, the exercise which used to take place much later in the year since it began, will now commence from next week, October 20 to December, 31.

He said, this year’s exercise will include cyber warfare, to track and counter negative propaganda on social media. It noted that this is the firsr of its kind in the history of African armed forces.

The statement reads, ”1. The Nigerian Army is set to start its annual Exercise CROCODILE SMILE which is traditionally conducted in the last quarter of the year. This year’s Exercise CROCODILE SMILE VI is scheduled to commence from the 20th of October to the 31st of December 2020.”

”2. The Exercise is deliberately intended to be all encompassing to include cyber warfare exercises designed to identify, track and counter negative propaganda in the social media and across the cyberspace. This is the first ever Cyberwarfare exercise to be conducted in the history of the African Armed Forces. Accordingly, the exercise will also include positive identification component aimed at identifying Boko Haram terrorists fleeing from the North East and other parts of the country as a result of the ongoing operations in the various theatres of operations especially in the Northeast, North Central and North Western parts of Nigeria.

”3. The Nigerian Army, once again, reassures all well meaning Nigerians of its commitment to the sustenance of peace and security in Nigeria and urges members of the public for their support and understanding throughout the period of the exercise.”