There is much tension in the Niger Delta region due to Nigeria military preparation to launch ‘Operation Crocodile Smile’.

According to The Punch reports. It was said that special military training to start the operation has been going smoothly as they have killed 5 militants and arrested 23.

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Then because of this, the community people are living in fear as they are seeing many military gunboats, battle ready soldiers and other maritime military hardwares heading to the creeks.

, Udengs Eradiri, president of the Ijaw Youth Council Worldwide, called for the suspension of the operation in the spirit of an on-going dialogue between the militants and government aimed at resolving the crisis in the region.

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According to him, the ‘Operation Crocodile Smile’, shows the insincerity on the part of the government, as they are demanding dialogue and at the same time conducting an exercise to launch a major military offensive in the region.

He said that any form of military action in the region could endanger the efforts of the Niger Delta leaders spearheaded by Chief Edwin Clark to resolve the crisis.

 

Read his statement:

“The Edwin Clark Committee has brought all Niger Delta leaders together. The Movement for the Emancipation of Niger Delta and the Niger Delta Avengers support them. The other day, the Minister for Petroleum, Ibe Kachikwu, met with them again.

“The unfortunate fact is whether government is sincere in this whole business. How can the military within the period announce that they are carrying out an exercise in the Niger Delta?

“They should have suspended whatever exercise they wanted to carry out. There is a heavy presence of military, mobilising into the Niger Delta through Sapele. That exercise should have been suspended at this period.”

According to him, “President Buhari has not shown sincerity and must withdraw the military from the Niger Delta if he wants genuine discussions.”
“We are skeptical seeing many soldiers, mobilising and jumping here and there.
“We don’t have a Sambisa forest where militants are stationed and waiting for the government like in the North. There is nothing like that. This battle is more of an intelligence-civil strategy instead of an invasion that is old-fashioned. It will clearly jeopardise the dialogue.”
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