Crocodile Smile VI does not target at #EndSARS protesters – Military

Crocodile Smile VI does not target at #EndSARS protesters – Military

The Military has dismissed insinuations the Army Special Operation, Exercise Crocodile Smile VI set for launch on October 20 meant to stifle the #EndSARS protest.

There were reports the government was planning to hide under the pretext

of the annual military exercise (Crocodile Smile VI) to deploy soldiers to quell the ongoing protest.

But the Acting Director Army Public Relations, Colonel Sagir Musa, in a statement,

insisted the Nigerian Army has “nothing to do with the ongoing protest and the NA has never been involved in the ongoing protest in any form whatsoever”.

He noted the Army has acted professionally since the civil protest started over two weeks ago.

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He said:

“The attention of the Nigerian Army (NA) drawn to some

social media stuff wrongfully condemning the Army and its Leadership over

the announcement of Exercise CROCODILE SMILE VI particularly

the Cyber Warfare Component of the Exercise.

“This year’s Exercise CROCODILE SMILE scheduled to commence from

the 20th of October to the 31st of December 2020 has no relationship

with any lawful protest under any guise whatsoever.

“For the records, Exercise CROCODILE SMILE is a yearly exercise

in the NA Calendar/Forecast of Events which traditionally

holds from October to December of each year.

“Thus, to now insinuate that it is an exercise meant to stifle the ongoing

ENDSARS protest i,s, to say the least highly misinformed.

Exercise CROCODILE SMILE VI has nothing to do with the ongoing protest

and the NA has never been involved in the ongoing protest in any form whatsoever.

So far, the army has acted professionally since the civil protest started over two weeks ago.

“The Army hereby enjoins all law-abiding Nigerians to go about their

lawful activities unhindered as the Exercise has nothing to do withEND SARSS protest,

but a yearly event set out to train NA officers and soldiers in its efforts

to ensure the safety and security of Nigeria and her citizens”.

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