The Nigerian Army says the Operation Crocodile Smile II will commence on Friday in the Southern region.
Director of Army Public Relations, Col Sani Usman, revealed this in a statement, adding that the exercise is in line with the laws of the land.
According to the statement, the exercise is aimed at curbing oil bunkering, pipeline vandalism, kidnapping and other crimes in the region.
“It will be recalled that last year, between November and December 2016, Exercise CROCODILE SMILE I was conducted within the Niger Delta States to curtail prevailing security challenges then,” the statement read.
“These challenges include illegal oil bunkering, pipeline vandalism, kidnapping and militancy amongst others. Exercise CROCODILE SMILE II is specifically designed to further the gains and consolidate on the successes of Exercise CROCODILE SMILE I.”
Furthermore, the statement noted that the exercise will be done in partnership with other security agencies in the country.
The Army called on people in the area not to panic but help the agencies with relevant information.