Nigerian Troops Ready for Lake Chad as Niger Delta Operation Crocodile Smile II Expires

The Nigerian Army has announced that it would soon deploy troops to Lake Chad to flush out remnants of the dreaded Boko Haram Islamic terrorist group quartered within the area.

Making the disclosure to newsmen in Port Harcourt, Rivers State, during the closing ceremony of Operation Crocodile Smile II, in the Niger Delta region, the Chief of Army Staff, Lt-General Tukur Buratai, informed that the United Kingdom is providing expert training to the Nigerian military so as to develop the skills necessary to tackle the Islamic terrorist group.

The Islamic terrorist activities started in Northern Nigeria in 2009 and has since claimed over 20,000 lives as well as 2.6 others displaced from their homes.

The army chief added that the troops would be involved in the clean-up operation in Lake Chad waters claiming that the fight against the sect had been won.

However, he said there was need for the round up operation to make the area free of terrorists.

He said –

“I want to assure you that most of the troops that have excelled in the operations across the region, we will redeploy, especially within the Lake Chad waters, to be able to flush out the remnants of Boko Haram terrorists that are within the Lake Chad island and other nooks and crannies of north.

This is a task we must  accomplish. The effort of the JTF in the Lake Chad region is equally appreciated. The remnants who are in the other areas with our contiguous states will have to be properly identified and flushed out in our joint effort.”

On the Crocodile Smile II in the Niger Delta, Lt-General Buratai said the operation was a success.

“The conduct of Crocodile Smile II which is one of the major training activities of the Nigeria Army this year has been considering the nature of threats confronting the Niger Delta region. I am pleased to note that the key objective of the exercise has been achieved as clearly brought out in various report from the divisions.

It is my hope that the skills you have acquired in this exercise, particularly in the areas of operation planning, conduct of land-based and riverine operations, inter-agency cooperation and equipment maintenance will be brought to bear positively in subsequent exercises and indeed in operations whenever deployed.”