Crocodile Smile Medical Outreach: We Are Your Friends, Army Tells Delta Community 

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     By ONYEKACHUKWU MELUWA, Warri
    In continuation of the ongoing “Exercise Crocodile Smile II”, the
    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
    exercise.

    Brig. Gen.  Grema stated that “Exercise Crocodile Smile I” is an
    avenue for the Army to train its personnel on how to deal with
    contemporary challenges.

    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
    II”.

    “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
    them.”

    “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
    events unfolds.”

    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.

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