The Nigerian Army has announced it will commence Exercise Crocodile Smile VI, on Tuesday, October 20. Exercise Crocodile Smile VI, is usually conducted annually to checkmate the activities criminals across the country during the ember months, but this time with a special interest in the cyberspace. It intends to incorporate among other things a cyber-warfare operation, which the army said is “designed to identify, track and counter negative propaganda on the social media and across the cyberspace.” This development came to light on a day that protesting youths in Lagos, Abuja and other states across the country became strident in their outcry against poor handling of affairs by the federal government. The Army indicated that Exercise Crocodile Smile VI, would run from October 20 to December 31, and that it will include counter negative propaganda by criminal gangs and groups in social media and across the cyberspace.
Acting Director, Army Public Relations, Col Sagir Musa, made the admission in a statement in Abuja. He said: “The Nigerian Army is set to start its annual Exercise Crocodile Smile, which is traditionally conducted in the last quarter of the year.
“This year’s Exercise Crocodile Smile V1 is scheduled to commence from October 20 and run till December 31.
“The Exercise is deliberately intended to be all-encompassing to include cyber warfare exercises designed to identify, track and counter negative propaganda in the social media and across cyberspace. “This is the first-ever cyber warfare exercise to be conducted in the history of the African armed forces.
“Accordingly, the exercise will also include positive identification component aimed at identifying Boko Haram terrorists fleeing from the North-East and other parts of the country as a result of the ongoing operations in the various theatres of operations, especially in the North-East, North Central and North-Western parts of Nigeria.
“The Nigerian Army, once again, reassures all well-meaning Nigerians of its commitment to the sustenance of peace and security in Nigeria and urges members of the public for their support and understanding throughout the period of the exercise.”