The Nigerian Army has rounded off Operation Crocodile Smile 4 in 13 Brigade area of operations with the arrest and seizures of suspected kidnappers and ammunition.
The Chief of Army Staff COAS, Lieutenant General Tukur Buratai at a camp fire to mark the end of the operation in Ikang, Bakassi local government area, commended the soldiers for strides achieved.
“It is my pleasure to be with you at this camp fire night, which signifies the commencement of activities to round up Operation Crocodile Smile 4 in the 13 Brigade area of operation. The exercise went creditably well and achieved commendable results”.
“35 arrests were made with two by two 7.62mm special ammunition, 345 cartridges, 2 AK 47 riffles, 109 locally made guns and one pump action recovered,” Lieutenant General Buratai stated.
The COAS attributed the achievements to the willingness and determination of the soldiers to succeed.
He stressed that the determination of soldiers helped to curtail threats in the area of armed banditry, kidnapping, cultism, and grossly reduced other forms of criminal activities in the 13 Brigade area of operation.
Lieutenant General Buratai also appreciated the Brigade Commander for exhibiting professionalism with the establishment of the Super Camp concept.
While commending sister agencies for working in synergy with the army to make the exercise a success, the COAS said; “Operation Crocodile Smile 4 was slightly different from other exercises with the introduction of the Super Camp concept, which was designed for us to defend ourselves in force and attack in force”.
The COAS disclosed that the Super Camp concept was expanded to other areas like Operation Lafia Doyle and reiterated the commitment towards actualising the vision of having a professionally responsive Nigerian Army in the discharge of its constitutional role.
He stressed, “in line with our commitment to have a professionally responsive military, we are placing much premium on the continuous training and retraining of officers to boost individual as well as the collective capacities of soldiers”.
The COAS was represented at the ceremony by the Commandant Amphibious Training School Calabar, Brigadier General Joshua Nimmyel.
In an earlier remark, the Commander 13 Brigade, Brigadier General Olatoye stated that the exercise was also designed to enhance security in Cross River, tackle banditry, cultism, kidnapping, communal clashes and other related crimes.
Olatoye noted that the exercise, which was supposed to end on the 23rd of December, 2019 got extended to January 2020 to provide security for citizens, visitors and tourists, who were in different parts of the State during the yuletide.
He commended other security agencies for the synergy enjoyed throughout the duration