Nigerian Army 3 Battalion in Effurun, Uvwie Local Government
Area,Delta State on Tuesday October 10 took its medical outreach
programme to Egbokodo-Itsekiri Community with a call on residents to
cooperate and see the Army as their friend.
The Commander of the Joint Task Force in Niger Delta(Sector 1),Brig.
Gen. A M Grema enjoined residents to embrace the free medical
programme as well as help the Army with useful information during the
Brig. Gen. Grema stated that “Exercise Crocodile Smile I” is an
avenue for the Army to train its personnel on how to deal with
Brig. Gen. Grema assured the people of the area that they have nothing
to be afraid of if they are not criminals.
“You have nothing to fear if you are not a criminal. Enjoy our free
medical outreach,cooperate. If you have any information that can help
us in the exercise, we welcome it.”
“It is in continuation of the first edition of this exercise. Last
year we had Exercise Crocodile Smile I. This is Exercise Crocodile
Smile II. It’s not much. We are just using it as an avenue to train
our personnel on how to deal with contemporary challenges.”
Addressing the people of Egbokodo-Itsekiri Community,the Commanding
Officer 3 Battalion, Maj. A T Abdulkadri begged residents to report
any areas of “Critical Security Challenges” to the Army and other
sister Security Agencies as well as provide same with vital
information on areas that is of threat to them.
Maj. Abdulkadri stated that the “Exercise Crocodile Smile” is in
synergy with all other Security Agencies including the Police,
Department for State Security,DSS and other sister agencies.
Maj. Abdulkadri noted that the Army is in the Community to ensure that
criminals are ridded of the Community with “Exercise Crocodile Smile
“Operation Crocodile Smile II” is an all encompassing operation which
involves both civil/military cooperation activities of the Army that
will rid the entire area of criminals and lawlessness.
“This is just one of the series of activities lined up for the ongoing
Operation Crocodile Smile. It is a way of bringing the Army closer to
the people. Just a way of telling the people that the Army is here for
“The people of Egbokodo-Itsekiri Community are most lucky to be the
first beneficiaries of this Ongoing Exercise Crocodile Smile II. Much
more civil/military cooperation activities will still be conducted as
Egbokodo Community Spokesman,Mr. Joseph Tete disclosed that there was
“No military intimidation” saying the Army has come to help them.
Tete commended the Army for the free medical care provided indigenes
of the community”We need more of this often to take care of our
health. Thank you. They’ve tried a lot to bring the programme to us.”
Egbokodo Community Youth Chairman,Comrade Blessing Atiwa corroborated
the claims of the Spokesman and appreciated the Army for kind gesture.
Atiwa described the claims of military intimidation by the Army as
“rumor” just as he urged indigenes and residents to come out enmass to
enjoy the programme.
Eldest Woman in Egbokodo-Itsekiri Community, Titi Ajisha who is one of
the beneficiaries said,” The thing wey dem do good. I like am. I thank
Army o. God bless Una.”
Mrs. Jolomi Odey, another beneficiary also hailed the Army for the
free medical care.
The Army also offered Blood pressure, Random blood Sugar, free
consultation with medical doctors, physiotherapy and free medication.