Nigerian troops deployed to southeast region for an ongoing military exercise will abide by rules of engagement, a spokesperson said Saturday.

Army Spokesman Col. Sagir Musa told reporters in southern city of Enugu that troops will display high sense of professionalism during the exercise.

Operation Python Dance II, a military training exercise, commenced on Friday across South East and Cross River State.

“Any act of indiscipline by any soldier or officer will be decisively dealt with,” he added.

The spokesperson told reporters that the ongoing training exercise was not meant to target any group, individual or state as erroneously painted by some people.

He said the exercise, which had become a yearly routine, would always come up during the last quarter of the year in order to quell rising crime associated with the period in the South East.

According to him, the exercise will effectively check armed banditry, kidnapping, cultism, communal clashes as well as violent secessionist activities in the South East and its general area.

He called called on law-abiding citizens in Abia, Enugu Ebonyi, Anambra, Imo and Cross River, where the exercise will take place, to go about their lawful businesses.

Musa warned that the army would not allow any individual or group to jeopardize the conduct of the field training exercise through unlawful or criminal activities. Enditem

Source: Xinhua/

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