Aftermath the over one month special military training and security exercise code named ‘Operation Python Dance’ for South East reached its peak, the entire South-East has not recorded the disappearance of armed robbery, kidnapping, cultism.
Also, violent incidences associated with communal, as well as herdsmen-farmers clashes during this Yuletide were not recorded due to the military exercise tagged Operation Python Dance.
According to a statement by Col Sagir Musa, Deputy Director, Army Public Relations, “These menaces are and have been the focus and targets of this Exercise and have so far been effectively achieved.
Musa said in the statement issued in Enugu, that the General Officer Commanding (GOC) 82 Division, Major General Adamu Abubakar visited Awka, Agulu, Nnobi, Ihiala and Okija communities in Anambra State to assess the conduct of troops on the exercise.
The GOC was also at the Niger Bridge to assess the state of security and vehicular movements and reassure citizens of the safety.
“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” Col Musa said.
“Hence, parts of the targets for the exercise are 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 have 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 are commendable.”
The statement further urged members of the public to remain security conscious and report any suspicious movements and persons to security agencies close to them.