The General Officer Commanding (GOC) the 82 Division of the Nigerian Army, Enugu, Major General Ibrahim Attahiru, yesterday disclosed that 23 militants were killed while 38 militant camps and 91 illegal refineries as well as bunkering sites were destroyed during the just concluded military exercise in the Niger Delta Region.
According to him, the exercise tagged “Crocodile Smile” was aimed at stemming growing restiveness in the region. General Attahiru, who stated this while briefing newsmen, however, averred that four casualties were recorded on the side of the military.
He warned that the army formation in Enugu would continue to halt the myriad of security threats and economic sabotage within its area of responsibility.
While noting that the army division would continue to maintain operational tempo to consolidate on the gains it achieved during the exercise, he reiterated that the army formation would continue without hesitation to defeat any attempt at brazen attacks on national critical infrastructure, oil and gas resources and overall strangulation of the socio-economy of law abiding citizens by any group of militants or criminals”.
“The exercise, Crocodile smile ended not just as a training exercise but also as a way of demonstrating the capacity and efficacy of the Nigerian Army to secure lives and property in the Niger Delta and South-east Nigeria. Unfortunately four among own troops got drowned in the general area of Brass in Bayelsa State due to a boat mishap, while another one was killed in action elsewhere around Obiozunmini near Obite in Onelga, Rivers State in fire fight with the criminals/militants.
“Most importantly the division is ever committed to the strategic direction of the Chief of Army Staff, Chief of Defence Staff and the President and Commander-In-Chief of the Armed Forces of the Federal Republic of Nigeria,” he said.