The Nigerian Military on Saturday mentioned it will start its annual operation tagged ‘Exercise Crocodile Smile’ across the country on Tuesday.
The sudden announcement by the Military of the exercise which usually includes massive deployment of troops and weapons will surely be interpreted as a transfer to make use of soldiers to stop the #EndSARS protests which is gaining assistance across many town and cities of the nation.
However in an apparent anticipation of such insinuations, the Military, in an announcement by its Acting Director of Public Relations, Sagir Musa, emphasised that Exercise CROCODILE SMILE is historically carried out within the last quarter of the year.
However the assertion within the statement that the 2020 Exercise is deliberately supposed to be all encompassing to incorporate cyber warfare exercises designed to identify, observe and counter unfavourable propaganda within the social media and throughout the cyberspace may even possible increase a red flag.
It’s because #EndSARS protesters depend on the social media for coordination of their actions and unfold of information to those that need to be part of the protests.
“That is the first ever Cyberwarfare train to be carried out within the history of the African Armed Forces.
“Accordingly, the train may even embody positive identification part geared toward figuring out Boko Haram terrorists fleeing from the North East and different components of the nation because of the continuing operations within the numerous theatres of operations particularly within the Northeast, North Central and North Western components of Nigeria.
“The Nigerian Military, once again, reassures all well meaning Nigerians of its dedication to the sustenance of peace and security in Nigeria and urges members of the general public for his or her assist and understanding all through the period of the exercise,” Musa mentioned within the assertion.