BreakingNews 27/12/16 - Nigeria: No kidnapping, herders clash as Python Dance ends in SouthEast

[ Masterweb Reports: Emma Elekwa reports ] - The Operation Python Dance inaugurated by the Nigerian Army in the South East geopolitical zone has ended with no record of armed robbery, kidnapping, cultism and other associated violence, the Nigerian Army has stated. The operation launched to span from 27th November to December 27, 2016, in the region was targeted at curbing crime in the area during the yuletide.


Speaking with our correspondent on the telephone, the Deputy Director, Public Relations, 82 Division of the Nigerian Army, Colonel Sagir Musa, said the operation also contained inter communal, herders-farmers clashes during the period.


“These menaces are and have been the focus and targets of this exercise and have so far been effectively achieved,” Musa stated. 


He added that although “the exercise will end on the 27 December 2016 as earlier indicated, troops will still be massively around in the whole of South East to continue with patrols, road blocks and check points.”


He said that the General Officer Commanding 82 Division, Major General Adamu Abubakar, on Sunday, visited Awka, Agulu, Nnobi, Ihiala and Okija communities in Anambra State to assess the conduct of troops on the exercise, adding that the GOC was also at the Niger Bridge to assess the state of security and vehicular movements.


His words: “It would be recalled that traffic gridlock has for many years, especially during the yuletide been endemic on the Niger Bridge in both Asaba and Onitsha axis inflicting suffering and other inconveniences to the road users. Hence, parts of the targets for the exercise is to checkmate the usual gridlock, chaos and insecurity at the Bridge.This objective has so far been achieved. Since the start of Exercise Python Dance, there has not been cases of gridlock and associated insecurity on the Asaba - Onitsha Bridge. The orderliness, the disposition of combined security personnel and the manner the general public conduct themselves especially the road users is commendable.”


He urged  the public to remain security conscious and report any suspicious movements and persons to security agencies close to them.


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