BREAKING: Army launches ‘Crocodile Smile’ as #EndSARS protest spreads to more cities

the exercise will also include positive identification component aimed at identifying Boko Haram terrorists fleeing from the North East
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The Nigerian Army says it is set to begin its annual "Crocodile Smile" exercise in the social media and across cyberspace to recognise, monitor and fight negative propaganda.

In a tweet, Army spokesman Musa Sagir said the exercise will begin on Tuesday.

“This year’s Exercise CROCODILE SMILE V1 is scheduled to commence from the 20th of October to the 31st of December 2020,” Sagir said.

“The Exercise is deliberately intended to be all encompassing to include cyber warfare exercises designed to identify, track and counter negative propaganda in the social media and across the cyberspace.

“This is the first ever Cyberwarfare exercise to be conducted in the history of the African Armed Forces. Accordingly, the exercise will also include positive identification component aimed at identifying Boko Haram terrorists fleeing from the North East and other parts of the country as a result of the ongoing operations in the various theatres of operations especially in the Northeast, North Central and North Western parts of Nigeria.

“The Nigerian Army, once again, reassures all well meaning Nigerians of its commitment to the sustenance of peace and security in Nigeria and urges members of the public for their support and understanding throughout the period of the exercise.”

The exercise comes at a time when young people in major cities around the country are out on the streets.

Protestors have been seeking an end to police violence under the # EndSARS movement.

The protest, which began last week in Lagos and Abuja, has spread to many areas of the world, the latest being Kaduna.

Thousands of demonstrators marched in Kaduna on Saturday against insecurity and bandits.

One day after the army vowed to protect Nigeria's democracy at all costs, Sagir announced the flagging of "Crocodile Smile”

In response to the Army's remarks, civil society groups called on soldiers to stay in the barracks and allow people to express their right to protest.

In the south-south area, the army first launched "Crocodile Smile" in 2016 and has since initiated the exercise at intervals.

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