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Python Dance II: Gen. Abubakar oversees troops’ deployment in Southeast Nigeria

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Jude Johnson

The General Officer Commanding (GOC) 82 Division Nigerian Army, Maj-Gen AB Abubakar has overseen the deployment of troops for the ongoing but controversial Operation Python Dance (Egwu Eke II) in parts of the South East Nigeria.

This is coming as the Nigerian military also commenced the exercise for Operation Crocodile Smile II in Rivers, South South part of the country.

The Deputy Director of Army Public Relations, Col. Sagir Musa, in a statement on Thursday, said Abubakar visited 14 Brigade Operational Headquarters in Umuahia on Tuesday October 3, 2017, where he addressed the troops, commended them for their selfless services to the nation and urged them to continue to respect the rights of others while discharging their duties.

Musa stated that at about 10.20am on Wednesday October 4, 2017, the GOC was in Sub Sector 2, (144 Bn) location at Ngwa High School, Aba where he was briefed further on the state of the Exercise.

Thereafter, he said Gen. Abubakar  and the Commander 14 Brigade,  Brigadier General AK Ibrahim were conducted round some hitherto volatile areas in Aba and its environs by the Commanding Officer Lieutenant Colonel A Usman, where he addressed settlers and urged them to live in peace and harmony with their hosts.

“I am in Aba to oversee the ongoing Exercise and to assure you that law and order has been restored in Aba and the entire Abia State…so, everyone should continue to come in and out of the State to do his legitimate business,” Abubakar was quoted to have said.

He assured that movement around the city of Aba revealed that law and order has been restored and people are carrying out their normal businesses without fear.

 Operation Crocodile Smile II  in Rivers State

As a precursor to Exercise Crocodile Smile II, Headquarters 6 Division Nigerian Army in conjunction with all sister security agencies in Rivers State will be conducting a joint multi-agency confidence building patrol within Port Harcourt metropolis on Friday 6 October 2017.

The Deputy Director of Army Public Relations, Col. Aminu Iliyasu, on Thursday, stated that the exercise is aimed at reassuring the general public of the resolve of the Nigerian Army and other sister Services and security agencies to work in synergy and complete collaboration to discharge their common constitutional responsibilities.

Iliyasu listed these responsibilities to include protecting lives and property, eliminating all forms of prevalent crimes within the society and flushing out criminals from their hide-outs in order to guarantee a peaceful and enabling environment for all citizens to pursue their daily living without let or hindrance.

To this end, he said residents and commuters in Port Harcourt and its environs are hereby informed of this exercise as they will witness troops’ movement along major routes of the city.

“We wish to also thank the general public for their continued understanding and support towards our collective efforts in ensuring peace and security in the Niger Delta,” he stated.

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