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C’River: Nigerian Army Rounds Off Operation Crocodile Smile 4

... Recovers Arms, Ammunition




The Nigerian Army has ended its Operation Crocodile Smile 4 in Cross River State and has announced the recovery of several arms and ammunition as well as the arrest of suspects.


The Commandant of the Amphibious Training School Calabar, Brigadier General JY Nimmyel made this known at Ikang in Bakassi Local Government Area during a Camp Fire Night to mark the end of Crocodile Smile 4 in the state.
Brig. Gen. Nimmyel who spoke on behalf of the Chief of Army Staff said the excercise was a huge success in the state as it helped curtail threats to the State.


He commended the 13th Brigade for its professionalism, particularly the Super Camp concept as well as sister agencies for working in concert to make the exercise a success.


“It is my pleasure to be with you at this camp fire night which signifies the commencement of activities to round off Operation Crocodile Smile 4 in the 13 Brigade.


“The exercise went creditably well and achieved commendable results.
“35 arrests were made with 11 by 316 special armour, 345 cartridges, 2 by AK 47 riffles, 109 locally made guns and one pump action all recovered.


“The Operation Crocodile Smile 4 was slightly different from other exercise with the introduction of the Super Camp concept which is designed for us to defend ourselves in Force and attack in force,” he said.


He said this concept which was introduced by the Brigade has been expanded to other areas like Operation Lafia Doyle and lauded officers for their commitment.


He assured officers that the Chief of Army Staff is committed to actualizing his vision which is to have a professionally responsive Nigerian Army in the discharge of its constitutional roles.


He added that this is underscored by the continuous training and retraining of officers so as to build their individual and collective capacities.


Speaking earlier Brig. Gen. Olatoye, Commander of the 13 Brigade said the exercise was designed to enhance security in Cross River State, tackle banditry, cultism, kidnapping, communal clashes and other related crimes.


He said the exercise was supposed to end on the 23rd of December last year but was extended to January this year so as to further protect the state, safeguard lives and property as well as ensure a smooth Calabar Carnival with other security agencies.


He said the Brigade is grateful to sister agencies particularly the DSS, NDLEA, FRSC, Police and the Correctional Service for making a success of the exercise.

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