The Nigerian Army in line with its Training Directive for the Year 2017 had commenced military Exercise Crocodile Smile II to cover the South South region of the country.
The Deputy Director of Army Public Relations (DDAPR), Col. Aminu Iliyasu, on Monday said the troops of 6 Division Nigerian Army Port Harcourt including its affiliated Formations and Units located within its entire Area of Responsibility (AOR) .
Iliyasu said the AOR covers the core Niger Delta States of Akwa Ibom, Bayelsa, Delta and Rivers States will be participating in the operation, which will be conducted from 7 – 28 October 7-28, 2017 within the entire Niger Delta region.
According to him, the exercise is intended to practice troops on admin, operational, logistics as well as Civil-Military Cooperation aspects in a military operation such as the provision of free medical care to host communities, Quick Impact Projects (QIP) and the conduct of sanitation exercises.
He stressed that this is “to be undertaken by the troops for the benefit of their host communities and distribution of educational materials to schools as part of Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR). It will also avail troops the opportunity to sharpen their combat skills in the conduct of land based as well as joint riverine operations”.
He said: “The exercise will also aim at imparting to the troops the importance of equipment maintenance, reconnaissance, inter-service and inter-agency cooperation, effective application of the Nigerian Army Code of Conduct as well as strict adherence to Rules of Engagement (ROE), proffer handling of Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs), captured or surrendered hostile elements in line with international best practices.
“In light of the foregoing, the authorities of 6 Division Nigerian Army wishes to inform the general public as well as solicit their usual understanding and cooperation during the period of the exercise and beyond.”
Iliyasu noted that dates and locations of the various CSR, sanitation and free medical interventions will be announced in due course.
He also allayed the fears of the public as they will witness increased movements of troops and equipment during the period.