The Nigerian Army has rubbished report that its Exercise Crocodile Smile VI, was aimed at confronting EndSARs protesters.
Colonel Sagir Musa, Acting Director Army Public Relations, in a statement he released said attention of the military authorities have been drawn to the thread on social media taking swipe at the move by the army to commence the security operation across the country under the name, “Exercise CROCODILE SMILE VI.”
The development is viewed in some quarters as a plot to intimidate and muzzle the protesters, particularly with position expressed by federal government to the effect that it was no longer comfortable with the protest.
Reacting via the statement, Musa wrote, “This year’s Exercise CROCODILE SMILE is 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 is 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.