The Nigerian Army has commenced Exercise Crocodile Smile 4 in Lagos and Ogun states and has also handed down and immediate quit order to criminals operating in these states to vacate the areas or be crushed.
The Chief of Army Staff, Lieutenant General Tukur Buratai, who gave the warning said Exercise Crocodile Smile 4 operatives will not hesitate to deal ruthlessly with criminals, including armed robbers and pipeline vandals within the Lagos and Ogun axis.
General Buratai spoke at the commencement of the Exercise, saying that it will be intelligence driven with the aim of smoking out criminals from their hideouts and to ensure that the Christmas period would be crime free.
Exercise Crocodile Smile 4, Buratai said, will be conducted in line with military’s constitutional role of conducting internal security operation in aid of civil authority, adding that the Exercise will dovetail into real time operations at any moment a potent threat is encountered.
General Buratai, who was represented by the General Officer Commanding (GOC) 81 Division Major General Olu Irefin, spoke just as the Governor of Lagos State Babajide Sanwo-Olu encouraged Lagosians to accept the military operation as it will help curb crime and criminality within the state to the barest minimum.