The Nigerian Army has said it would commence Exercise Crocodile Smile VI from October 20 to December 31, as part of its effort to enhance the safety and security of the country.

This was contained in a statement titled, ‘Nigerian army sets to commence exercise Crocodile Smile VI nationwide’, and signed by Acting Director Army Public Relations, Sagir Musa, on Saturday.

The Crocodile Smile VI is coming amidst nationwide protests against police brutality, extortion, and extrajudicial killings.

Many youths have expressed anger over abuses by the Special Anti-Robbery Squad operatives and have taken to the streets.

The #EndSARS hashtag started on social media after a video showing what looked like a SARS officer attacking a man spread online.

Musa said the exercise was traditionally scheduled in the last quarter of every year to checkmate all forms of crimes and criminality as the end of the year approaches.

He explained that this year’s exercise was intended to be more all-encompassing to include cyber warfare exercises designed to identify, track, and counter negative propaganda in the social media and across the cyberspace.