The 82 Division of the Nigerian Army, Enugu has launched operation crime-free `ember’ months in the South East geo-political zone.
The Deputy Director of Army Public Relations in the division, Col. Sagir Musa, said in Awka that the prevalent security challenges during yuletide had made the operation imperative.
The Nigerian Army launched ‘Operation Python Dance’ in the South East and warned secessionist groups against acts capable of threatening the nation’s sovereignty.
It said it would not hesitate to apply the Rule of Engagement to deploy troops and deal with secessionists as appropriate.
Other targets in the one month exercise are armed robbery, kidnapping, abduction, herdsmen-farmers clash, communal clashes, among others.
He said such crimes as armed robbery, kidnapping, abduction, herdsmen/farmers clashes, communal clashes and violent secessionist attacks, among others would be targeted during the operation from Nov. 27 to Dec. 27.
Musa said that the army and other security agencies would synergise and collaborate extensively in the exercise nicknamed “EX PYTHON DANCE’’ in the five eastern states to achieve the desired objective.
He said that the chief of army staff had appraised the huge security challenges and scenarios across the country.
“Consequently, he directed the conduct of both command post and field training exercises as a way of enhancing troops’ preparedness across the country,’’ he said.
He said an elaborate civil-military cooperation line of operation had also been earmarked for the exercise.
“ Nigerian Army corps and services will conduct activities such as medical outreach, repair of roads, schools and other infrastructure across the South East region ‘’ Musa said.
A statement also issued by the army said exercise Python Dance has been planned for the South East Region from 27 November to 27 December, 2016.
“The prevalent security issues such as armed robbery, kidnapping, abduction, herdsmen-farmers clashes, communal clashes and violent secessionist attacks, among others, would be targeted.
“In this wise, the exercise would be multi-agency in nature, whereby the Nigerian Army and other security agency are expected to synergise and collaborate extensively.”
The statement said that within the period under review, an elaborate civil-military cooperation line of operation had been planned.
“Nigerian Army Corps and Services would conduct activities such as medical outreach, repairs of roads, schools, and other infrastructure across the South East region.
“The Chief of Army Staff has therefore directed that a contingent of durable mechanism be imbued in the overall planning as well as execution of the exercise to achieve a hitch-free Yuletide for the entire region”, the statement added.