December 2, 2020

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Southeast youths condemn Operation Crocodile Smile VI

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By Chris Njoku, Owerri

The Coalition of South East Youth Leaders (COSEYL) has condemned the kick off of Operation Crocodile Smile VI in the region.

President-General of the coalition Goodluck Ibem, in a statement on Thursday, described the move as ill-timed and ill-advised. He said it was a calculated attempt to use brute force in administering a peaceful region.

The statement reads: “Such operations by the Army usually end in cutting our youths in the name and under the pretext of security enforcement. The infamous operation Python Dance or Egwu Eke, in 2017, still haunts the collective memory of Southeast youth to this day.

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“The Army should rather focus its operation in Borno State and other northern states where Boko Haram terrorists and insurgents have taken root. We are convinced that there could be sinister motives by the Army’s Operation Crocodile Smile VI in the Southeast and Southsouth.

“We advise the Army to take its Operation Crocodile Smile Vl to Borno, Katsina, Adamawa and other northern states ravaged by Boko Haram terrorists and bandits. The Southeast is not in any war and is very peaceful; it is totally out of place to bring in the Army to a peaceful locality.”