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#EndSARS: Nigerian Army set to commence Exercise Crocodile Smile VI

The Nigerian Army is set to commence Exercise Crocodile Smile VI amid nationwide #EndSARS protests.

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#EndSARS: Nigerian Army set to commence Exercise Crocodile Smile VI

The Nigerian Army announced that it will commence a nationwide Exercise Crocodile Smile VI from the 20th of October to the 31st of December. It will be a cyber warfare exercise designed to identify, track and counter negative propaganda on social media.

The Army disclosed this in a statement on  Saturday as protests continue over police brutality. The #EndSARS protests which started online is growing into a strong offline movement and the Nigerian Army’s announcement seems to be a response to counter the narratives set online by the protesters.

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Recall Nairameterics reported last week that the Nigerian Army said that it is highly committed to defending Nigeria’s democracy at all costs and warned “trouble makers to desist from such acts” as the #EndSARS protests continued.

In Saturday’s statement, the Army says it will resume the annual exercise which is usually conducted in the last quarter of the year, and 2020’s edition is scheduled to commence from the 20th of October to the 31st of December 2020.

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“The Exercise is deliberately intended to be all encompassing to include cyber warfare exercises designed to identify, track and counter negative propaganda in the social media and across the cyberspace.

“This is the first-ever Cyberwarfare exercise to be conducted in the history of the African Armed Forces. Accordingly, the exercise will also include positive identification component aimed at identifying Boko Haram terrorists fleeing from the North East and other parts of the country as a result of the ongoing operations in the various theatres of operations especially in the Northeast, North Central and North Western parts of Nigeria,” the Army said.

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The Army says it is committed to the sustenance of peace and security in Nigeria and urges Nigerians for their support during the period of the exercise.

23 Comments

23 Comments

  1. Arimin

    October 18, 2020 at 9:51 pm

    This is clearly their attempt to scare protesters, why haven’t they tried their so called crocodile smile on Boko haram?
    Using the Nigeria armed force for scare tactics is so pathetic

    • Anonymous

      October 19, 2020 at 12:36 am

      Good talk, their just foolish people

    • Anonymous

      October 19, 2020 at 4:43 pm

      That’s Nigeria for you, let them finished with boko haram, they are looking for another source of where they will make money. The youth are not laying ambush. I don’t think Nigeria need them here.

  2. Tnoy

    October 18, 2020 at 11:38 pm

    The army have really lost its vision and direction. They can’t put an end to boko-haram for over ten years and counting but jump at every opportunity to tackle armless and toothless civilians fighting a just cause. I begin to wonder if they are the police. Am ashamed of the army and happy I did not enrol when I wanted to.

  3. Tony

    October 18, 2020 at 11:47 pm

    The army should mind their fight against boko-haram that is taking them over ten years with little success, and leave the protest for the police to handle. If they or any of their family members have been dealt with by SARS or the police they would probably understand the reason for the protest. The flex their weak muscle only on harmless, armless and toothless civilians. Shame on them.

  4. Blessing

    October 19, 2020 at 1:04 am

    If they are to stop cyber crime, then stop it online. Why take to the streets? That is to show we have got non-computer age army.
    There is something called cyber space security. Go and learn and stop an online protest online. If it is offline, solve it offline. Don’t blame offline for online wahala.
    I rest my case.
    If you are not tired of what is happening, i am tired.
    My brother is also in the force. It’s not easy to serve a country that keeps stepping on you even when you are in a sinking sand.

    • Anonymous

      October 19, 2020 at 12:37 pm

      End SARS.. stop Nigeria and #WELCOME BIAFRA

      • Success atafo

        October 20, 2020 at 12:01 pm

        This man is a big fool.

  5. Anonymous

    October 19, 2020 at 6:13 am

    To Nigeria Army please don’t get involved, don’t allow a few low,shallow minds and corrupt persons spoiled the reputation and integrity of the Army, 60years of independence and we have nothing to show for it, a few Elites reaping and milking the country and making us look like slaves in our country, are not tired of unseen battle all in the name of boko haram, every day noble soldiers are been killed, breadwinners lives are cut short, families are put into trauma, if u are not tired..I am, let’s stop pretending as if all is well, all is not well, please don’t get involved.

  6. Sam

    October 19, 2020 at 7:40 am

    You will make thing more worst,tryin g that will make thing worst.

  7. Nathan

    October 19, 2020 at 7:46 am

    It’s pathetic 😒

    • Niyi

      October 19, 2020 at 11:50 pm

      We will not give up we are ready for d government and d army let war start

  8. Michael Anthony

    October 19, 2020 at 7:59 am

    They are also corrupt, ,why middle in matters of civilians, ,using nigerian army won’t stop anything rather worst come to worst everybody will loss,,Every uniform personal should also ready for the worst…I think it’s time to also use violence if this people think we joking. .Am not scared to die because the life am leaving now is worst than death..Die na die….Their children will die along side we believe me.

  9. Anthony Michael

    October 19, 2020 at 8:09 am

    Let me use this medium to tell this people what they don’t know. .An hungry man is an Angry Man…imagine the suffering in the so called country. .prices of stuff high …fuel,food, ,name them. .If they think we don’t have guns to fight back, they are right, if they think they will silent us like the did to our parents that they won’t succeed. .let this get to them
    1.If they don’t meet our demands, ,they should also stay indoor,,Cos if they Ever Eat in any event again they will die!,,the blood of the innocent is waiting for them
    2.their children they think are out of reach we see them every where…The sins of the fathers shall be pass on the children. .
    I Comment my reserve

  10. Ocube

    October 19, 2020 at 9:06 am

    Does Nigerian Army still exits? They couldn’t fight Boko haram members for the past 8 years, now they are making noise trying to oppress civilians. A lot of officers died during the fight, but what has Nigerian government done for their families?
    Sometimes, I do wander why military officers can not think for themselves and act right. But always their high rank officers thinking for them and giving them orders.
    I prefer to be a “crazy civilian”.

    • Emmy

      October 19, 2020 at 7:00 pm

      Why can’t they use this kind of operation and strategy to conquer the bandits and the book haram elements.

  11. Anonymous

    October 19, 2020 at 10:39 pm

    #End SARS
    #End SWAT
    We want good governance, stop deceiving us please.
    Nigerian Army should please leave the peaceful protesters, I think they should rather protect them.

  12. Niyi

    October 19, 2020 at 11:55 pm

    We are ready for anyone even d useless army we Will fight 💪 for our right

  13. Soro soke

    October 20, 2020 at 12:01 am

    We die there

  14. Erhuvwu

    October 20, 2020 at 1:38 am

    He pain me say,full Nigeria scatter,our bad leader when dey thief money,carry go USA,go live life,army them say them no no.they will take their children to USA for better living, and army should step back from this matter.so what the police and SARS,is doing they are in support, never it will never happen. Time to change Nigeria for good has come.the hour has come now. Let change Nigeria for a better place of home.we want permanent electricity, good and permanent company chevron. We want good market,we want good road well level.we also need good schools for our children, the government should do this. The money in this country ,were are the money.we masses we are tired of suffering. Government should do something about this

  15. Pam Yusuf

    October 20, 2020 at 8:53 am

    The army should go to sambisa,they can,t threaten us,no going back

  16. Akintoye

    October 20, 2020 at 9:43 am

    There is nothing wrong in what the Nigerian Army wants to do. It is part of their job. There should be no sentiments.

    With respect to protesters, they should stop blocking our roads. While everybody has right to protest, nobody has right to disrupt other peoples right to peaceful exixtence

  17. Bisong Samson Physics

    October 20, 2020 at 10:19 am

    Nigeria man Country

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Just-in: #EndSARS: GTBank on Admiralty, Lekki allegedly on fire

A GTBank branch was allegedly set ablaze by some hoodlums that disguised as #EndSARS protesters.

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GTBank’s branch on Admiralty Way, Lekki has been allegedly set ablaze by some hoodlums that disguised as #EndSARS protesters.

This was disclosed by eyewitnesses around the affected branch via their respective social media accounts on Tuesday.

 

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#EndSARS: Lagos orders investigation of Lekki Toll Plaza shooting

The Lagos State Government has ordered an investigation into the alleged shooting of #EndSARS protesters at Lekki toll gate.

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Lagos State Government has ordered an investigation into the Lekki Toll Plaza shooting that was allegedly done by some men of the Nigerian Army on Monday evening.

This was disclosed in a statement issued by the Commission of information and Strategy, Gbenga Omotoso, and shared via the state’s Twitter handle.

It stated, “There have been reports of shooting at the Lekki Toll Plaza, following the 24-hour curfew imposed on Lagos State to stop criminals, who hid under the #EndSARS protests to unleash mayhem on innocent citizens.

“The State Government has ordered an investigation into the incident.

“Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu has advised the security agents not to arrest anyone on account of the curfew, which he urges residents to observe for the peaceful atmosphere we all cherish.”

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According to the statement, Governor Sanwo-Olu advised Lagosians to remain calm and not allow criminals, who have hijacked the noble protest of our gallant youths, to succeed in their evil plan of turning our dear state upside down.

Omotoso assured that the Governor will do everything within his power to ensure that the lives of all Lagosians are protected at all times.

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Back story: Nairametrics had reported that the Lagos State Government announced the imposition of a 24-hour curfew in all parts of the state, with effect from 4 pm, which was later shifted to 9pm Tuesday, October 20, 2020.

This is due to the raging #ENDSARS protests and demonstrations in the state which has been hijacked by criminals and hoodlums with attacks on innocent citizens and destruction of properties.

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Update: US embassy shuts down consulate in Lagos over violent #EndSARS protests

The US Embassy in Nigeria has announced closure following violent clashes in many parts of the country.

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The United States embassy and consulate in Nigeria, has announced the shutting down of its consulate in Lagos State for two days with effect from Tuesday, October 20, 2020, due to the ongoing nationwide #EndSARS protest which has been hijacked by hoodlums, with several properties destroyed and lives lost.

This was disclosed in a statement to American citizens, issued by the US embassy and consulate in Nigeria, on Tuesday, October 20, 2020.

This is also coming after the Lagos State Government declared a 24-hour curfew due to the outbreak of violence across the state during the protests.

The US embassy and consulate in its statement said,

Multiple demonstrations are ongoing across Nigeria – to include areas within the consular districts of Abuja and Lagos. Although most demonstrations are peaceful, some have become violent and have shut down major thoroughfares and bridges.

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“Some police stations have been targeted. Lagos State closed all schools indefinitely as of October 19, due to protests and implemented a 24-hour curfew starting at 4:00 p.m. on October 20. Consulate General Lagos is closed for the rest of today and tomorrow.”

In the statement, the US embassy advised all its citizens in Nigeria to avoid areas around protests and demonstrations, check local media for updates and traffic advisories, continue to be vigilant and avoid areas affected by the protests.

It also urged their citizens to take the following actions, avoid the areas of the demonstration(s), exercise caution if unexpectedly in the vicinity of large gatherings or protests, keep a low profile, be aware of their surroundings, monitor local media for updates and review the travel advisory for Nigeria.

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