The Nigerian Army would on Monday, October 19, 2020 unleash its special anti-riot squad named Crocodile Smile VI to quell the ongoing protests across the country.
Although the Army said it was commencing the Crocodile as part of its effort to enhance the safety and security of the country, many believe the exercise is targeted as the ongoing nationwide protests against Police brutality.
The Army said the exercise would last from October 20 to December 31, across the country.
According to a statement titled, ‘Nigerian army sets to commence exercise Crocodile Smile VI nationwide’ which was signed by Acting Director Army Public Relations, Sagir Musa, on Saturday, the exercise was traditionally scheduled in the last quarter of every year to checkmate all forms of crimes and criminality as the end of the year approaches.
Musa explained that this year’s exercise was intended to be more all-encompassing to include cyber warfare exercises designed to identify, track, and counter negative propaganda in the social media and across the cyberspace.
He said- “The Nigerian Army is set to start its annual Exercise CROCODILE SMILE which is traditionally conducted in the last quarter of the year. This year’s Exercise CROCODILE SMILE VI is scheduled to commence from the 20th of October to the 31st of December 2020.
“The Exercise is deliberately intended to be all-encompassing to include cyber warfare exercises designed to identify, track, and counter negative propaganda in the social media and across the cyberspace. This is the first-ever Cyberwarfare exercise to be conducted in the history of the African Armed Forces.
“Accordingly, the exercise will also include positive identification component aimed at identifying Boko Haram terrorists fleeing from the North East and other parts of the country as a result of the ongoing operations in the various theatres of operations especially in the Northeast, North Central and North Western parts of Nigeria,”