The Nigerian Army has disclosed that it is set to commence simultaneous routine training exercises with code names Exercise AYEM AKPATUMA II, Exercise EGWU EKE IV and Exercise CROCODILE SMILE IV in the various Geo-political zones of Nigeria.
According to a statement by the Acting Director Army Public Relations, Colonel Sagir Musa, the exercises are in an effort to combat insecurity across the nation and will commence concurrently from October 7 to December 24, 2019.
Exercise AYEM AKPATUMA II will be in the North Central and parts of North Western States of Benue, Nasarawa, Kogi and Taraba as well as Kaduna and Niger States in 1 and 3 Divisions Area of Responsibilities (AOR) including Headquarters Command Army Records, Guards Brigade and 707 Special Forces Brigade.
Exercise EGWU EKE IV which will be carried out in the South Eastern part of Nigeria comprising Abia, Anambra, Ebonyi, Enugu and Imo States in 82 Division AOR, and Exercise CROCODILE SMILE IV will as usual take place in the South South and parts of South Western States of Akwa Ibom, Bayelsa, Cross River, Delta, Edo, Lagos, Ogun and Rivers States in 2, 6, 81 and 82 Divisions’ AOR.
The statement also said Operation POSITIVE IDENTIFICATION will also be extended across the nation to checkmate bandits, kidnappers, armed robbers, ethnic militia, cattle rustlers as well as other sundry crimes across the various regions of Nigeria.
The Nigerian Army called on the public not to panic on seeing an increased presence of military personnel and other security agencies as well as movement of Military vehicles and hardwares.
The Army also wishes to reassure the nation of her commitment and determination to secure the country, protect lives and properties of all Nigerians (which in addition to training of her personnel) is one of the bases for the exercises.
The Nigerian Army Women Corps, will stage a robust show of force/confidence building patrols in some selected locations in Nigeria as part of Programmes imbued into the exercises.
There will also be an elaborate Civil Military Cooperation Line of activities in the areas of community outreaches such as free medical outreach, educational outreach, rehabilitation of identified dilapidated roads, hospitals, schools and old people’s homes in various selected communities in Nigeria in order to consolidate on the existing cordial Civil-Military Relations.