Buhari, Security Chiefs Meet As Operation Crocodile Smile II Begins In Bayelsa State.
President Muhammadu Buhari yesterday met with heads of the nation’s security agencies at the Presidential Villa, Abuja. The Inspector-General of Police (IGP) was represented by a Deputy Inspector-General of Police (DIG).
There was no official statement at press time but sources informed that it was a regular security meeting where they updated the President on the general state of security across the country.
The 16 Brigade of the Nigerian Army has commenced Operation Crocodile Smile II in Yenagoa, Bayelsa State capital, in line with the Nigerian Army Training Directive for the year 2017.The event, which began on October 7, 2017, is expected to last till October 28, 2017.
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Also, the Nigerian Army has said it will begin the flag-off of the exercise in the South-West and South-South on Friday, October 13, 2017.It said the exercise would cut across the three divisions of the Nigerian Army.
In another development, Ebonyi State chapter of the Movement for the Actualisation of the Sovereign State of Biafra (MASSOB) and Biafra Independent Movement (BIM) have condemned the invasion and destruction of their office at Onueke in Ezza South Local Council of the state by troops of Python Dance 11.[Military Operation: Crocodile Smile in Ogun State Soon, Nnamdi Kanu Whereabouts Unknow]
They described the action as barbaric and unacceptable. The Ebonyi Central MASSOB/BIM Leader, Gideon Iloke, who spoke with journalists, alleged that some soldiers numbering over 500 raided their Onueke office during the weekend and destroyed their flags, emblems and other Biafra items and carted away other valuables belonging to the group. Iloke called on the leadership of Ohanaeze Ndigbo under the chairmanship of Chief Nnia Nwodo and other leaders from the zone to rise to their responsibilities of protecting the Igbo from the military.
Efforts to speak with army personnel proved abortive at the time of this report.However, the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) has raised the alarm over incessant raids on the home of His Royal Majesty, Eze Sir Israel, at Afaraukwu Umuahia community in Abia State by security operatives.
In a statement signed by its Media and Publicity Secretary, Emma Powerful, IPOB said: “Those responsible for the vandalisation of Kanu’s home were initially not aware that they are being recorded until the footage started appearing online. On realising they were captured on camera, they returned to the palace to destroy the CCTV cameras and loot yet more property.
“It was at this point that the Nigerian army acknowledged for the first time that they have frequently conducted raids on the palace.”