The Nigerian Military led by the Chief of Army Staff, COAS, Tukur Buratai, has announced plans to embark on cyber warfare exercises, amid the ongoing nationwide EndSARS protests to end Police brutality in the country, and to end bad leadership and governance in Nigeria by the youths,
Although, the Army did not directly link the exercise to the #EndSARS protests, it explainsed that it is part of the Annual Exercise Crocodile Smile, which is traditionally conducted in the last quarter of the year.
The Acting Director of the Army Public Relations, Colonel Sagir Musa, made the announcement in a statement on Saturday.
According to him, this year’s edition of Exercise Crocodile Smile, which is the 6th, is scheduled to commence from October 20, to December 31, 2020.
Colonel Musa stressed that the exercise is deliberately intended to be all-encompassing, to include cyber warfare operations.
The cyber warfare operation, he stated, is designed to identify, track, and counter negative propaganda on the social media, and across the 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 statement revealed.
The Army Spokesman, reassured all well-meaning Nigerians of the commitment of the Military to the sustenance of peace and security in the country.
He also urged members of the public to show support and understanding throughout the period of the exercise.
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