Vitalis Ugoh, Calabar: Militants from Cross River axies of the Niger Delta region, may have to have a rethink as plans to officially launch the Operation Crocodile Smile will performed by the Chief of Army Staff this week.
The Commander of 13 Brigade of the Nigerian Army in Cross River Brigadier General Bulama Biu, disclosed this at the flag off of medical outreach in Calabar yesterday.
It would recalled that this military exercise had been launched in some of the Niger Delta region since it was introduced by the Federal government.
Biu, said the brigade also confiscated two speed boats believed to have been bought by suspected members of the Bakassi Strike Force.
He said it was not true that the militant group or any criminal gangs were dominating any part of the state as his boys and army operations were intensely on course in and around the state.
He said alongside other security agencies, Operation Delta Safe the Brigade has kept tab with every security issues that had resulted in calm and safety in the state.
He stressed that security was not for experts alone and called on the people to support the army for greater success and peace.
“The essence of the medical outreach is a way of appreciating the people of Calabar for their supports towards our operations. We shall continue to strengthen our relationship through this outreach in order to earn their love”.
Biu said the military will conduct health education, free screening exercise, issue free drugs and mosquito nets, food stuff and disinfectant during the exercise.
Earlier the Cross River Commissioner for health, Mrs Inyang Asibong, said the state government was very proud to partner with the army in the area of providing medical treatment to people within their catchment area.
Making the disclosure in Calabar South Local Government Area on Monday, the Commander of 13 Brigade of the Nigerian Army, Brigadier General Bulama Biu, said the gunboats are suspected to have been procured by a militant group. The Bakassi Strike Force (BSF), which has been operating in the area recently, displayed its war arsenal and calling on the federal government to include its members in the nation’s amnesty programme.
Biu spoke during the flag-off of medical and humanitarian outreaches on behalf of the Chief of Army Staff to mark the impending launch of Operation Crocodile Smile in the state.
He stated that the confiscation of the gunboats by the Nigerian Army was a clear indication that the militants or other criminal gangs were not in control of any part of the state.
The commander said in line with the mandate of operation “Operation Delta Safe,” men and officers of 13 Brigade have kept tabs on every security issue, the result being the calm and safety withnessed in the state.
He enjoined the people not to leave the security of their environment to security experts alone, but urged the people to support the army so they can record more successes in dealing with criminal elements in the society.
Explaining the import of the medical outreach, the brigade commander said: “The essence of the medical outreach is a way of appreciating the people of Calabar for their support towards our operations. We shall continue to strengthen our relationship through this outreach in order to earn their love”.
Biu disclosed that health education, free screening exercise, free drugs and mosquito nets, food stuff and disinfectants will be offered free to the beneficiaries of the medical facilities that would be provided.