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More groups in Southern area of Nigeria have cautioned against the Nigerian Army arranged Operation Crocodile Smile II which is set to start soon.

The Army Armed force had earlier said that the operation would follow perilous groups and other criminal associations in the South.

 The Director of Public Relations, Brig. Gen. Sani Usman, clarified that the military operations – Egwu Eke II and Crocodile Smile II – like the former operations, were not focused at “a specific ethnic group or group of people”.

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Responding, Pan Niger Delta Forum, PANDEF, and the Ijaw Youth Council, IYC, prompted the Nigerian government to reevaluate the arranged operation , saying the move could undermine the relative peace in the area.

 PANDEF Coordinating Secretary, Dr. Alfred Mulade, said sending of officers was “misadvised and misguided particularly as of now when the geopolitical zone is step by step dealing with the earnest requirement for maintaining the relative peace in the locale.”

Leader of the IYC, Mr. Eric Omare, cautioned that expansion of Operation Crocodile Smile II to the Niger Delta locale will make strain in the range.

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Omare said, “The plan unnecessary; the Federal Government should not consider what the Operation Python Dance did in the South-East, which led to the tagging of the Indigenous People of Biafra, (IPOB) as a terrorist group, as an achievement.

 “What Operation Python Dance II has done is not an achievement to the Federal Government.

It is negative for the government.

“For the Niger Delta, from my experience, extending the Operation Crocodile Smile II to the Niger Delta will only aggravate the volatile situation in the region.”

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