Nigeria: Four Soldiers Drown As Crackdown On Agitators Begins

Tragedy marks beginning of operation.
By Kelvin Ebiri, Anietie Akpa and Julius Osahon
Four soldiers lost their lives yesterday when their boat capsized in Bayelsa State as the military began its Operation Crocodile Smile to crack down on agitators in the Niger Delta.
But the army in Cross River State said it impounded two speedboats allegedly belonging to agitators in Bakassi.
Brigade Public Relations Officer, Capt. Kayode Owolabi, disclosed that Operation Crocodile Smile, which had been launched in Rivers, Edo and Bayelsa states, would be commissioned by the Chief of Army Staff, Lt. Gen. Tukur Burutai, in Calabar tomorrow. He said the mission would involve air, land and sea operations. Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Wike, has declared support for the exercise.
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