Sagir Musa, the acting director of Army Public Relations, disclosed that the #ENDSARS
demonstrators were not targeted by the Operation Crocodile Smile exercise.
Sagir discredited the common delusion that the Crocodile Smile exercise was intended to
deal with the demonstrators, making this declaration in a statement on Sunday.
The operation will counter cyber warfare and insurgency in the country, according to the
Army PR director, with particular attention paid to the North-East area where Boko Haram
Terrorists have been increasingly waging war.
“The attention of the Nigerian Army has been drawn to some social media stuff wrongfully
condemning the Army and its Leadership over the announcement of Exercise Crocodile
Smile VI particularly the Cyber Warfare Component of the Exercise.
“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.
“The army hereby enjoins all law-abiding Nigerians to go about their lawful activities
unhindered as the Exercise has nothing to do with #EndSARS protest, but a yearly event
set out to train NA officers and soldiers in its efforts to ensuring safety and security of
Nigeria and her citizens,” the statement partly reads.
On Saturday, the Media Team announced that the annual Army Operation Crocodile Smile
will be held nationwide between October 20 and December 31.
The declaration made on the basis of the #ENDSARS demonstrations created a lot of
speculations as Nigerians claimed that protesters were targeted by the operation.