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Operation Crocodile Smile Will Reduce Crimes – MURIC

By Adebayo Waheed, Ibadan

The Muslim Rights Concern (MURIC) has commended the federal government for the ‘Operation Crocodile Smile’ in the South West, saying that it will reduce the proliferation of criminal activities in the country.

The president of MURIC, Prof. Ishaq Akintola in a statement on Friday, noted that cases of armed robbery, kidnapping, were becoming alarming.

The Nigerian Army commenced a military exercise tagged ‘Operation Crocodile Smile’ in the South West few days ago. A major feature of the exercise is its medical outreach which provides locals the opportunity to access medical care pro bono.

MURIC) which described the initiative as profound, patriotic and chivalrous, said apart from the brilliant idea of providing medical care for the local population, Operation Crocodile Smile is capable of reducing the rate of crime in the South West.

It should be noted that the South East, which is notorious for its high crime rate reportedly became calm few weeks after the commencement of Operation Python Dance by the Nigerian Army.

They noted that the military exercises were necessary once in a while in view of the proliferation of criminal activities in the country like armed robbery, kidnapping, rape, etc remain on high profile.

It added that the general state of insecurity became pronounced with the threat of secession made by the proscribed Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) while the seizure of several weapons actually raised the alert level to red.

“This year alone, 661 pump action guns were confiscated by the Nigerian customs on January 30, 2017. 440 guns illegally imported from Turkey were discovered by customs on May 24. Another 1,100 were recovered on September 11 while 470 pump action guns were seized on September 21. More powerful weapons like machine guns and RPGs were also seized at the border.

“It is normal for these seizures to give the authorities and the discerning public cause for serious concern and the volatile situation altogether constituted the raison d’etre for military exercises like Operations Python Dance and Crocodile Smile,” it added.

MURIC commended the Nigerian Army for the proactive measure, adding that arrogant force will not bow until counter-force surfaces.


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