Tukur Buratai, chief of army staff, has ordered the deployment of troops in the south-east to stop “violent” secessionist agitations.
DD Ahmadu, army chief of training and operations, who spoke on behalf of Buratai at a news conference on Friday, announced that a military exercise tagged ‘Operation Python Dance’ would commence in the five south-eastern states from September 15.
The army held a similar exercise in the region between November and December 2016. At the time, it said the reason for its action was to ensure security in the region during the Christmas celebrations.
But on Friday, the army said it was embarking on another security operation in the south-east to stamp out kidnapping, armed robbery and violent secessionist agitations.
– The Cable