The Nigerian Army has launched Operation Crocodile Smile VI exercise at the Army Super Camp, Ema-Okenema in the Ogbia Local Government Area in Bayelsa State.
Speaking at the event which held on Thursday, the General Officer Commanding 6 Division, Nigerian Army, Major General Olu Irefin, said the exercise was at the behest of the Army Chief of Staff, Lieutenant General Tukur Buratai.
According to Major General Irefin, the exercise will enhance the operational capability of army personnel in the region and will end on December 31, 2020.
He noted that “it is targeted at curtailing prevailing security threats such as cultism, illegal oil bunkering, pipeline vandalism and other crimes in the state.”
Irefin pledged the Nigerian Army readiness to cooperate with other security agencies and uphold professional ethics as well as standard rules of engagement for internal security operations.
The governor of Bayelsa State, Senator Douye Diri was represented by his deputy, Lawrence Ewhrudjakpo, at the event.
In his remarks, he praised the Nigerian Army and other security agencies for their services, which culminated in the successful inauguration of his administration on February 14.
Governor said: “Your singular show of professionalism was able to nip in the bud the rascality and criminal activities that tried to rear up their ugly heads as a result of the Supreme Court decision that restored our stolen mandate on the 13th of February 2020.
“If not of your effort, we believe that the carnage that took take place in the state would have gone beyond what we saw.
“So, we want to thank the Nigerian Army and other security agencies for the roles you all played in the events that led to our successful swearing-in on the 14th of February.”
He thanked the army for its role in preventing the breakdown of law and order in the state.
He noted were it not for the gallantry and professionalism of the army, Bayelsa would have been thrown into chaos following the Supreme Court ruling on February 13.