…By Nneoma Ndibe
The Nigerian army has given reason why the operation crocodile was established in the Niger Delta region of Nigeria.
While it is a known fact that the operation was launched by the military to curb activities of militants in the region, the army spokesperson Sani Usman said it exercise also helped the army sharpen personnel skills on internal securities in riverine operations.
Usman, a brigadier general who spoke during the maiden press briefing of the Nigerian army on Wednesday, January 4, said the operation which commenced in September recorded successes.
He said: “Furthermore, the increasing violent activities of militants, pirates and militia groups across the Niger Delta Region coupled with the agitation from secessionist groups in some parts of South East Nigeria re-emphasised the need for continuous training.”
“Accordingly, the cheif of army staff directed the conduct of a field training exercise in the Niger Delta region,” he said.
Usman also caution applicants seeking enlistment into the Nigerian army to be weary of scam activities.
He said the attention of the army has been drawn to activities of the scammers who extort money from unsuspecting Nigerians.
“Members of the general public are reminded that Nigerian Army recruitment is free of charge. Therefore, interested applicants and parents should be wary of any person or group of persons that demand for any form of payment or gratification to facilitate their recruitment.
“Additionally, the public are advised to use only the Nigerian Army approved portal for their application, which is www.narecruitment.org. You are also enjoined to call the help numbers 08038575725 and 08061541440 for enquiries. This is to avoid any form of exploitation in the recruitment process,” Usman said.