Rivers State governor, Nyesom Ezenwo Wike has declared his support for the Operation Crocodile Smile by the Nigerian Army, saying that he will do everything to ensure peace and security in the Niger Delta.
This is as the Chief of Army Staff, Lt-Gen. Tukur Buratai explained that the Operation Crocodile Smile was introduced to train army personnel on the techniques of operating in the Niger Delta.
Governor Wike spoke yesterday when he granted audience to the Chief of Army Staff, Lt- Gen. Tukur Buratai and senior army officers at the government house, Port Harcourt.
The governor said: “The Rivers State Government is fully in support of the Operation Crocodile Smile. I was fully briefed by the Brigade Commander and we associate ourselves with the programme because it will make the Niger Delta safer.
“One of the advantages of the programme is that hoodlums in the creeks are being uprooted for a safer Niger Delta. I support the programme insofar as it is done with the constitution.”
Part of the statement signed by the governor’s media aid, Simeon Nwakaudu, the governor noted that Rivers State Government will sustain its support for security agencies to create the right atmosphere for democratic governance.
He said that the state government has procured six New Armoured Personnel Carriers for the Police and in the process of concluding the acquisition of 10 gunboats for the Nigerian Navy.