Afenifere rejects troops deployment in South-west

Pro-Yoruba group, Afenifere, has warned against the planned launch of ‘Operation Crocodile Smile II’ in the South-west.

The group’s statement is coming shortly after the Nigerian army declared on Wednesday that ‘Operation Crocodile Smile II’ would be launched in the South-western part of the country, adding that it is aimed at going after kidnappers, Badoo group and other criminal groups in the region.

But spokesperson of Afenifere, Mr. Yinka Odumakin reacted on behalf of the group saying: “There is no basis for it (troops deployment); there is peace in the South-west and calm in the South-south as of now except there are fifth columnists within the administration who just want to provoke crisis where there is none.

“If they say they are looking for kidnappers, even in the South-west, where they say they want to deploy troops, it was the police that arrested the notorious kidnapper, Evans. They arrested him without firing shots or carrying out any major operation; they simply used intelligence and arrested him.

If there should be any crime that the military wants to curb, it is the police that should do it. There is no need for any Operation Python Dance, they should go and dance in the North-east where Boko Haram killed an Imam and others in Borno a few days ago.”

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