#EndSARS: Nigerian Army Clarifies Position on Exercise Crocodile Smile VI

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Nigerian Army weekend decided to ‘soro soke,’ saying the newly-launched Exercise Crocodile Smile VI has nothing to do with the ongoing #EndSARS protests across the country.

The Army, in a statement by its Acting Director, Public Relations, Sagir Musa, described the exercise as a yearly event set out to train officers and men to ensure safety and security of Nigeria and its citizens.

He said this year’s exercise has been scheduled to commence on October 20 till December 31, adding that it has no relationship with any lawful protest under any guise whatsoever.

He warned people to desist from insinuating that “it is an exercise meant to stifle the ongoing #EndSARS protest,” saying any attempt to do so would only lead to “sheer misinformation.”

According to him, “It is a yearly exercise in the Army Calendar/Forecast of Events which traditionally holds from October to December of each year.

“So far, the Army has acted professionally since the civil protest started over two weeks ago.

“The Army hereby enjoins all law-abiding Nigerians to go about their lawful activities unhindered.”

Idowu Sowunmi