By Olufemi Adediran, Abeokuta
The Nigerian Army has said that it would soon begin a new security strategy with code name: “operation crocodile smile” in Ogun State.
According to the Brigade Commander of 35 Artillery Brigade, Alamala, Abeokuta, Basil Adoke, the operation would be aimed at addressing security challenges confronting the State and its environs.
The Army chief who spoke at a reception, organised by the State government on Sunday as part of activities to mark the 57th Independent Anniversary, said the operation which would commence in few days time is a step up tempo targeted at flushing out miscreants in the State.
The event was held at the State Government House, Oke-gbein, Abeokuta, the State capital.
Adoke said, “We are going to start Crocodile Smile in Ogun State, it is scale of exercise to step up tempo targeted on miscreants”.
He, however, urged residents of the State not entertain any fear when the operations start, stressing that some miscreants have been identified and needed to be flushed out.
He said, “Though, the State is said to be peaceful but we still have some miscreants to be dealt with, so when you see crocodile smile don’t be scared.”
Adoke explained that the security strategy would be a replica of “operation python dance” introduced in Abia State to silence criminals in the State and its environs.
Governor Ibikunle Amosun, in his speech, commended the efforts of the various security agencies in the State and pledged his administration’s continued support to them, stressing that no criminal would be allowed to operate freely in the State.
The Governor said, “I want to appreciate our security agencies and we will continue to support security measure. It is a known fact that investment cannot grow where there is no peace and without an enabling environment”.
Amosun expressed optimitism that the country would conquer all confronting facing it, stressing that problem is a phase in life.
He said, anybody or group that would divide the country should not be allowed and called on all Nigerians to remain united.
Dignitaries at the event includes, the first Military Governor of the State, Seidu Balogun, former Military Administrator of the State, Raji Rasaki, former Military Administrator of Sokoto State, Raji Rasheed and service chiefs in the State.
Others were, Chairman of the State Traditional Council, Oba Kehinde Olugbenle, the Alake of Egbaland, Oba Adedotun Gbadebo, Olu of Owode, Oba Kolawole Sowemimo among others.