Army to Calabar Residents: Don’t Panic as Exercise Crocodile Smile Begins

As the Chief of Army Staff (COAS), Lt. Gen. T. Burutai, begins visit to Calabar, Cross River State capital, alongside the General Officer Commanding (GOC), 82 Division , Major Gen. Ibrahim Attahiru, on Wednesday, to flag off Exercise Crocodile Smile, the Army has advised residents of the city not to panic over movement of large military personnel to the area.
A statement, signed by the brigade’s Public Relations Officer (APRO), Tuesday, Captain Kolawole Owolabi, said that the visit would attract a large movement of troops in the state, and accordingly, urged residents to feel free while going about their lawful endeavours.
It further stated that upon his arrival, the COAS, in company of the General Officer Commanding (GOC), 82 Division, Major Gen Attahiru, will pay a courtesy visit to Governor, Ben Ayade.
The statement read: “Following the deteriorating security situations in the Niger Delta by activities of militants in the area, Exercise Crocodile Smile has been scaled up to neutralize these threats.
“To this end, the Chief of Army Staff (COAS), Lt. Gen. TY Burutai, in company of the General Officer Commanding (GOC), 82 Division, Major Gen. Ibrahim Attahiru, will arrive Calabar to flag off Exercise Crocodile Smile on Wednesday 7, September, 2016.
“Consequently, members of the public are advised not to panic when they see large movement of troops within Calabar.”
Meanwhile, the 13 Brigade of the Nigerian Army, on Tuesday, in Calabar, provided free medical services to the residents, in view of the forthcoming exercise.

Author: News Editor

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