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Operation ‘Crocodile Smile’: IYC Decries Military Intimidation of Innocent Civilians

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Exercise Crocodile Smile Outreach2The Ijaw Youth Council (IYC) Worldwide has urged the Federal Government to call the military officers carrying out the Operation ‘Crocodile Smile’ to stop harassing innocent citizens in the creeks.

This is contained in a statement signed by the IYC spokesman, Eric Omare, in Warri, Delta, on Tuesday.

Omare, in the statement issued to newsmen, alleged intimidation of villagers along the Warri and Forcados rivers in Delta.

He also alleged that for the past two days, villagers plying the rivers had been subjected to undue harassment and in some cases deprived access to their communities.

“From Monday till this morning, several people going to communities like Ogulagha, Odimodi, Ijaw Oborotu, Forcados and other surrounding communities are denied access to these communities.

‘This development has now resulted in cases of communities having shortage of food with possible humanitarian crisis.

This is condemnable and totally unacceptable, the military must have respect for human rights in their activities in the Niger Delta,” Omare said.

The Chief of Army Staff, Lt.-Gen.Turkur Buratai, on August 27, inaugurated the ‘Operation Crocodile Smile’ in Sapele, Delta.

Buratai said the operation was not meant to harm anyone but to further boost security in the volatile region.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) was established by the Federal Government of Nigeria in May 1976 to gather and distribute news on Nigeria and cover events of interest to Nigeria at the international level for the benefit of the Nigerian Media and the Public.

2 Comments

  1. Ally

    August 30, 2016 at 10:44 pm

    These people are terrorizing people in the Niger Delta upandan, please face Boko Haram also. Thanks and Bye. Xx

  2. nnenne

    August 30, 2016 at 10:53 pm

    Nigerian leadership hates honestly truth.
    The answer to militancy is simple. ..
    Justice fairness and equity!

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