The Nigerian Military, on October 1, announced it has concluded plans to launch ‘Operation Crocodile Smile’, in order to address the security challenges in Ogun State and its environs.
Brigade Commander of the 35 Artillery Brigade, Alamala, Abeokuta, Basil Adoke, made this known yesterday, saying that the initiative would commence in a couple of days across the State and its environs targeted mainly at criminals.
“We are going to start Operation Crocodile Smile in Ogun and it involves series of actions to step up tempo targeted at miscreants”.
He called on residents to be calm, adding that the exercise was a replica of ‘Operation Python Dance’ earlier launched in Abia to tackle crimes.
“Though the State is relatively peaceful, but we still have some miscreants to deal with, so when you see Crocodile Smile, don’t be scared”.
Governor Ibikunle Amosun, who hosted the Soldiers at a reception organised by the State Government, as part of activities to mark Nigeria’s 57th Independence Anniversary, commended the role security operatives play in the State and pledged continuous support on any programme to make the State crime free.
“I want to appreciate our security agencies and we will continue to support security measures put in place to silence criminals in our State”.
He expressed optimism that the Nation at 57 would overcome all its challenges, emphasizing that this period was just a phase in the Nation’s life.
Constitutionally, the Police have the power to arrest offenders, prevent crime occurrence, protect lives and properties of the citizens, detect crimes, maintain law and order in the society and investigate matters pertaining to crime.
Some critics have argued that the various operations by the Nigerian Army in the different regions of the country is justified, as they can aid civil authorities restore order as seen in their operations.
Others have stated that it is unconstitutional emphasizing that the Nigerian Army has taken over the job of the Police which involves fighting crimes.
The duties of the Nigerian Army includes to safeguard the Nation against any external aggression, maintenance of territorial integrity and securing the borders of Nigeria from violation as well as suppress insurrection and act in aid of civil authorities to restore order when called upon to do so by the President of the Country, subject to such conditions as may be prescribed by an act of the National Assembly.