The Nigerian Army has assured residents of the Southeast and Cross River state that troops involved in the ongoing military exercise will abide by rules of engagement during its exercise code-named Python Dance II.
The military training exercise commenced on Friday.
The troops in Egwu Eke II, which when translated means Python Dance II, will also display a high sense of professionalism.
Musa, a Deputy Director of Army Public Relations, said: “Any act of indiscipline by any soldier or officer will be decisively dealt with.”
He also said the ongoing training exercise is not meant to target any group, individual or state as erroneously painted by some people.
He noted that the exercise, which has become a yearly routine, would always come-up during the “Ember months” in order to quell rising crime associated with the period in the Southeast.
“The training exercise will effectively check armed banditry, kidnapping, cultism, communal clashes as well as violent secessionist activities in the South East and its general area,” he said.
The deputy director, therefore, called on law-abiding citizens in Abia, Enugu Ebonyi, Anambra, Imo and Cross River states, where the exercise will take place, to go about their lawful businesses.
Musa warned that the army would not allow any individual or group to jeopardise the conduct of the field training exercise through unlawful or criminal activities.
We are carrying out the military training exercise in every other part of the country especially in the army divisional command headquarters’ areas of responsibility scattered throughout the country.
The one being done in the Southeast is not an exception.
According to him, commanders have been instructed to ensure that all hands are on deck to commence and carry on the exercise to its logical conclusion.
He said successful completion of the exercise would dovetail into various states security outfits operations till the end of this year.