Major General David Ahmadu, the Nigerian Army Chief of Training and Operations, on Friday at the Army Headquarters in Abuja announced the commencement of a 30-days military exercise name Operation Python Dance II (aka Exercise Egwu Eke II).
The exercise will tackle major security challenges facing the South-East region of Nigeria including violent agitations, assassinations, banditry and other security challenges in the Igbo states.
According to the Army, the operation will commence on Friday, September 15 to Saturday, October 14.
The army therefore urges the residence of the south-eastern states (Anambra, Abia, Ebonyi, Enugu and Imo states) not to panic but however cooperate with the army.
“The commencement of Exercise Egwu Eke II has become expedient due to the mindless assassinations (even in religious places), attack on security personnel, theft of weapons, armed banditry, kidnapping, cultism and violent agitations, as well as other security challenges that have become prevalent in the south-eastern part of the country.” He said
“The need for troops to be exercised to cope with these emerging challenges led to this exercise.”
“The operation will be conducted with involvement of other security agencies such as Department of State Services, the Nigeria Police and the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps. The emphasis will be placed on raids, cordon and search operations, anti-kidnapping drills, roadblocks, checkpoints and show of force, as well as humanitarian activities such as medical outreach.” He added