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How operations Python Dance, Crocodile Smile tackled pipeline vandalism, kidnapping in S’South, S’East – GOC

Chief of Army Staff, Lt. Gen. T. Yusuf Buratai
Chief of Army Staff, Lt. Gen. T. Yusuf Buratai
From: Madu Ezenoha, Enugu

The reduction in Niger Delta militancy especially pipeline vandalism, as well as taming of kidnappers and other criminals in South East are some of the accomplished targets of military operations in the two zones of the country.
The General Officer Commanding (GOC), 82 Division Nigerian Army, Enugu, Maj Gen Adamu Buba Abubakar made the assertion in Enugu at the 82 Division Enugu, weekend, during the West African Social Activities (WASA), celebration..
GOC Abubakar confirmed that the military operations launched in the South East and South South geopolitical zones of the country, code named “Python Dance” and “Crocodile Smile” respectively, were well intended.
He attributed ongoing dialogue between the federal government and representatives of Niger Delta militants, as well as the peaceful celebration of yuletide devoid of kidnapping and other violent crimes as witnessed in the South East were some of the accomplished objectives.
The GOC stressed that contrary to insinuations in some quarters that the military operations were meant to bully and suppress the people of the zones, such military operations were aimed at boosting internal security and ridding the society of hoodlums, for the benefit of law abiding citizens.
He said that with improved security in the country, especially with the defeat of Boko Haram insurgency in the North Eastern part of the country, the military were poised to reintroduce suspended social activities such as sports festivals and commanding officers workshop.
He urged officers and men of the Division to remain committed to their duties even as he expressed gratitude to the Chief of Army Staff, Lt Gen Tukur Buratai for his support to the Division.
The GOC said the military would continue to treat the welfare of officers and men and their families with top priority.
He appealed to widows of deceased soldiers to prepare to vacate the barracks as soon as their entitlements were paid.
He said that WASA is an annual event in the Nigerian Army where officers, soldiers, their families and friends socially interact in a relaxed atmosphere.
“The event is conducted to mark the end of an eventful year and to herald the beginning of a new year. In this vein, this WASA is for the year 2016,” he said.
Some of the activities which took place at the occasion include traditional dances from selected cultural groups of Nigeria to showcase the diverse rich cultural heritage of the country, tug of war between female soldiers, and comedy show.

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