Nigerian troops will conduct a military exercise in the southern part of the country to tackle security challenges there, a spokesperson said Wednesday.

“Exercise Crocodile Smile II” was designed to consolidate on the gains recorded during the first phase and to address similar challenges in the South-West, army spokesperson Brig. Gen. Sani Usman said in a statement.

The Nigerian army conducted Exercise Crocodile I in the Niger Delta in November-December 2016 to address crimes such as pipeline vandalism, kidnapping and illegal oil bunkering.

Usman said the exercise will be conducted with the involvement of other security agencies and that emphasis would be placed on raids, cordon and search operations, anti-kidnapping drills, and amphibious operations. Enditem

Source: Xinhua/

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