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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.

25 Comments

25 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

  18. Gigo

    October 22, 2020 at 10:32 am

    Army na fools. Yes na me talk am.of them no like am mk Dem come mkd I dey my house.

  19. Gigo

    October 22, 2020 at 10:36 am

    Army na fools. Yes na me talk am.if them no like am mk Dem come mkd I dey my house.

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Gulf of Guinea Piracy: Effective Military capacity needs to be deployed – Maersk

Maersk has called for military intervention in the Gulf of Guinea following several attacks by pirates.

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Maersk, the world’s largest shipping company, has called for military intervention in the piracy problem in the Gulf of Guinea, which has made the gulf the new global headquarters for piracy.

This was disclosed by Maersk Chief of Marine Standards, Aslak Ross, in a Bloomberg report on Saturday evening.

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He said,

  • “It is unacceptable in this day and age that seafarers cannot perform their jobs of ensuring a vital supply chain for this region without having to worry about the risk of piracy. The risk has reached a level where effective military capacity needs to be deployed.”

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On December 20, Maersk was attacked off the West African coast. Bloomberg reported that the Maersk Cadiz was boarded by ‘criminals’ on Saturday at about 2:30 pm Nigerian time, while traveling from Tema in Ghana to Kribi in Cameroon.

Nigerian naval ships arrived to help the vessel, which can transport the equivalent of 4,500 twenty-foot containers. Nigerian Navy Rear Admiral, Oladele Daji, said Nigeria is taking steps to combat the growing piracy problem by “ensuring that this menace of piracy is gotten rid of in our waters, so that those with legitimate business in shipping, fishing, and oil and gas, can go about their business without fear.”

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  • Nairametrics earlier reported that West Africa’s Gulf of Guinea recorded an unprecedented increase in piracy attacks in 2020, according to the International Maritime Bureau in its 2020 Annual Piracy report published on Wednesday.
  • The International Maritime Bureau (IMB) said its Piracy Reporting Centre (PRC) received 195 incidents of piracy and armed robbery against ships worldwide, in comparison to 162 in 2019. The incidents included three hijacked vessels, 11 vessels fired upon, 20 attempted attacks, and 161 vessels boarded.
  • 135 crew members were kidnapped from their vessels in 2020, with the Gulf of Guinea accounting for over 95% kidnapped.

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FG to organize another tripartite meeting for Lagos-Ibadan expressway gridlock

The FG has announced plans to organize tripartite stakeholders’ meeting to resolve issues on the Lagos-Ibadan expressway.

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The Federal Government has announced plans to organize another tripartite stakeholders’ meeting, as they have reiterated their commitment towards resolving the incessant gridlock and truck menace on the Lagos-Ibadan expressway.

This disclosure was made by the Coordinating Director, Highway Construction and Rehabilitation in Nigeria, Mr Funsho Adebiyi on Saturday during an inspection tour of the ongoing Lagos-Ibadan Expressway rehabilitation and reconstruction project.

According to a report from the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN), Adebiyi said that those invited to the meeting include the Lagos, Ogun and Oyo state governments, as well as truck drivers and owners, traffic regulatory agencies, amongst others.

What Mr Adebiyi is saying

While expressing regret that the constant presence of articulated trucks parking indiscriminately on the Oghere section of the ongoing Lagos-Ibadan Expressway project is damaging new construction work on the highway, he said that drastic steps must be taken to tackle the problem in each of these states in conjunction with their governments.

He said,

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  • You see trailers in their hundreds park on the road shoulders we are just repairing. Some of them are not parked empty, they are carrying as much as 900 bags of cement and they are abandoned there on the road shoulder.’’

He pointed out the need for another meeting, as the 4 previous stakeholders’ meetings held with truck drivers and owners, as well as other stakeholders did not achieve the desired results.

Adebiyi said,

  • I had invited my Minister to a town hall meeting before and he has met them and we are organizing another town hall meeting with them next week Friday and Saturday, to come and sit down with them to discuss with the truck drivers, truck owners, the truck park operators. We are making efforts also to construct parks where they can park – about 4,000 capacity truck park. It will be constructed still along this Oghere end, but we are begging them to stop parking on the road.’’

Adebiyi, during an earlier inspection of section one of the highway which stretches from Ojota in Lagos to Sagamu interchange, said the federal government was constructing two major additional interchanges.

He also added that two flyovers were being constructed on section one, in addition to 14 existing ones on other stretches in Ogun and Oyo, to curb gridlock and improve the safety of new communities along the axis.

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  • The reconstruction/rehabilitation of the Lagos-Ibadan expressway, which faced several setbacks was flagged off in 2013 with the award of the contract to 2 firms.
  • Section one of the project that spans from Ojota in Lagos to Sagamu interchange in Ogun state was awarded to Julius Berger, while the other section which spans from Sagamu interchange to Ibadan was awarded to RCC.

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NIN: International passport renewal and 6 other key uses of the number

Nairametrics takes a cursory look at the importance of the NIN to Nigerians in our current system.

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NIN, How to retrieve your National Identification Number – NIMC

The National Identification Number (NIN) has become a vital means of identification in Nigeria for various purposes ranging from international passport renewal to opening of bank accounts, amongst others.

The National Communications Commission (NCC) recently directed telecommunication companies in Nigeria to block the lines of subscribers who fail to link their SIMs with their NIN before the January 19 deadline (for subscribers with NIN) and February 9 deadline (for subscribers without NIN).

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This resulted in increased registration by Nigerians who are yet to get their NIN in a bid to meet the deadline, even as the NCC recently insisted that the deadline will not be moved.

Nairametrics takes a cursory look at the importance of the NIN to Nigerians in our current system.

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Key areas NIN is required

  • Voters card registration: NIN is now accepted as a means of identification for obtaining the Permanent Voters Card (PVC) in Nigeria.
  • Bank account opening and reactivation: NIN is being used to access a wide range of services in banks and the financial services industry, ranging from documentations for the opening of an account, means of identification for payment of second or third party cheques, to reactivation of dormant accounts.
  • Consular services at Nigerian embassies and missions: As a bonafide citizen of Nigeria, NIN is now being used as a means of identification to access a wide range of services at Nigerian Embassies and Missions abroad, amongst others.

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  • International passport: The Nigeria Immigration Services has made NIN compulsory as a means of identification for anyone that wants to apply for fresh or renewal of international passports in Nigeria.
  • Driver’s license: It has become compulsory for anyone that wants to apply for or renew his or her driver’s license to show his or her NIN as a means of identification. According to the Federal Road Safety Commission (FRSC), no vehicle registration or renewal can be done without providing NIN as part of its requirements – no waiver allowed.
  • Government-related jobs and grants/loans: Most government-related jobs cannot be secured without NIN as a vital means of identification. As a matter of fact, you even need to provide your NIN in the prescribed job forms to apply for the job.
  • Tertiary admissions: Most tertiary institutions, in addition to other means of identification, accept NIN for the processing of admissions and registrations of new students.

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  • The National Identification Number (NIN) is an eleven-digit number issued to every citizen and legal resident from age 0 under section 27 of the National Identity Management Commission Act.
  • Although its primary purpose is to track individuals for social security purposes, the National Identification Number (NIN) has become in reality, a national identification number for taxation and other purposes.
  • Enrolment consists of the recording of an individual’s demographic data and capture of the ten (10) fingerprints, head-to-shoulder facial picture and digital signature, which are all used to cross-check existing data on the National Identity Database, to confirm that there is no previous entry of the same data.
  • NIN is not the same thing as the National e-ID Card which is a physical token. It can be used on its own for digital identity verification without the e-ID card.

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