Nigeria: Nigerian Army begins amphibious training exercise for possible war against Niger Delta

Abuja, Nigeria - (PANA) - The Nigerian Army will Friday begin a three-day training exercise, code named “Exercise crocodile smile”, aimed at preparing its troops for engagement in amphibious and internal security operations in Riverine environment against Niger Delta militants.

The exercise is coming as the leadership of the Nigerian military vowed it is "ever ready" for a fight against Niger Delta militants in case the ongoing third party dialogue with them fails.

The exercise will also prepare the troops for combating criminal activities like kidnapping, militancy and piracy and other forms of criminal activities.

A statement released by Nigerian Army spokesman, Col. Sani Kukasheka Usman, reads in part: “The Nigerian army will from this weekend commence another training exercise code named Exercise crocodile smile” in 82 division and part of 2 division areas of responsibility traversing the South-South geo-political region.

"The aim of the exercise is to prepare our special forces and other units of the Nigerian army in amphibious and internal security operations in Riverine environment and also check criminal activities like kidnapping, militancy and piracy and other forms of criminal activities in support of the civil authority.

"The general public is pleased requested not to panic on the sight of unusual movement of large number of troops, heavy military weapons and equipment in these areas.”
-0- PANA MON/VAO 26July2016

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