The Nigeria Army has allayed the fear of the people of the South-West region on the introduction of the ‘Operation Crocodile Smile’ by the army, saying the operation was not to torment the people of the region but to ensure their safety.
The army also stated that the ‘Operation Crocodile Smile’ would soon commence in Ondo State to join other security agencies in tackling criminality.
The Commander of the 32 Artillery Brigade, Brigadier-General James Ataguba stated this on Thursday during the decoration of two officers of the Brigade, Ojo Adelegan and Samson Oladunjoye, who were promoted to the ranks of major.
The commander declared that the brigade would ensure that the criminals were sent out of the state through the Operation Crocodile Smile.
He said, “The operation we had recently in Akoko area where kidnappers’ hideouts were crushed had brought peace to this state. We combed the nook and cranny of the area .. The operation was a warning to the criminals and I think they have yielded to the warning.
“There is no gain say everybody is peace-loving. If the Chief of Army Staff can be in front at the level of the campaign. We will continue to do it until those guys are flushed out of this state.
“Python Dance is for Nigeria safety.. We are to complement the effort of police. To make sure everyone is comfortable.
“Also Crocodile Smile will soon come here in Ondo, it is our next target. Those who have nothing to hide have nothing to fear. Crocodile Smile is not to torment the citizens but to ensure their safety. We will never rest on our oars. We will continue to do our best. We will remain awake while our people will sleep.”
In his remarks at the occasion, the state governor, Mr. Rotimi Akeredolu, commended the army and other security agencies in the state for the recent raid of the kidnappers’ dens and the arrest of some of the hoodlums in the forest in Akoko area of the state.
Akeredolu, who was represented by the Secretary to the State Government, Mr. Sunday Abegunde, said the government would continue to collaborate with all the security agencies in the state so as to ensure that ” our people go to sleep with their two eyes closed.”