Buhari, security chiefs meet as Operation Crocodile Smile II begins in Bayelsa on Friday



President Buhari (middle) and the service chiefs, during a meeting at the State House in Abuja… yesterday.


• MASSOB, BIM berate army over invasion of office in Ebonyi
• IPOB, community condemn raids, demand compensation

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).

However, none of the security chiefs obliged to speak with State House Correspondents ‎at the end of the meeting, which lasted over three hours, as they took turns to drive out of the Villa one after the other. There was no official statement at press time but sources informed The Guardian that it was a regular security meeting where they updated the President on the general state of security across the country.

Meanwhile, 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.

A statement by the Assistant Director, Army Public Relations, Danjuma Jonah Danjuma, urged the Bayelsans and the public not to panic on sighting movement of troops and heavy equipment on the streets.

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.

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.” Also, the community in a statement signed by its President-General, Chief Ikechukwu Ndubueze; Secretary, Ikechukwu Chiabuotu, as well representatives of the component villages, has asked the Federal Government to pay compensation for the losses they suffered during the military operation.

It claimed that the military operation resulted in loss of lives, damages to property and environment, missing of people, including their traditional ruler, Eze Israel Kanu and his wife, Sally.



2 Responses to Buhari, security chiefs meet as Operation Crocodile Smile II begins in Bayelsa on Friday

  1. meekee says:

    There are certain human beings who continuously think of themselves as being cleverer than all others.
    So they device all forms of deceit and craftiness to achieve some wicked, targeted goals. In all these \”directed training\” by the military codenamed Python Dance or Crocodile Tears or Frog Jump and so on; why are they all in the South? Why are the venues carefully chosen to frighten and intimidate possible political opponents or even Parties in the South? Why don\’t they do these training\”Dances\” and \”Smiles\” in Zamfara or Jalingo or even Sambissa forest? We had all agreed to do away with\”Hate Speeches \”; but these crafty and deceitful \”Hate Actions\” are much worse than hate-speeches. Both before and after the Civil War, nobody IS a second-class citizen in this Country, and, before God and Man, none should be so treated.
    Finally, the Nigerian military belongs to us all; so it would be a heinous sin for anyone to manipulate it for selfish or arrogant reasons. May God Almighty warn all those tormenting His children in this Country. Amen. Amen!
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    • Tony Prince says:

      Are you surprised at all that? I am not, because Nigeria and its military belong to buhari and his Fulani brothers!That is why they can do everything they like at any where they like and at any time they like!

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