By Camillus Eboh and Alexis Akwagyiram
ABUJA/LAGOS (Reuters) – The Nigerian military will start a two-month nationwide train, it stated on Saturday, whereas denying the transfer was a part of any safety response to latest widespread demonstrations towards alleged police brutality.
Operation Crocodile Smile would run throughout the nation from Oct. 20 to Dec. 31, the primary time the annual train, usually concentrated within the Delta area, can be nationwide, Musa stated.
The transfer comes simply days after the military stated it was able to step in and restore order, however Musa stated in a press release that the train “has no relationship with any lawful protest beneath any guise in any respect”.
Nigerians demanding an finish to the Particular Anti-Theft Squad (SARS) police unit and urgent for reforms and accountability have been rallying throughout the nation.
The military had on Wednesday issued a press release warning what it termed “subversive components and bother makers” that it was “prepared to totally help the civil authority in no matter capability to take care of legislation and order and cope with any scenario decisively”.
Protesters have been utilizing Twitter and the #EndSars hashtag to unfold photographs and movies exhibiting alleged police brutality. Social media can also be a hub for organising demonstrations and Nigerians are utilizing it to gather cash and meals to feed protesters and help those that are arrested.
Moreover, a gaggle calling itself Nameless has claimed to have hacked varied authorities web sites in latest days, and warned it is going to proceed to hack authorities web sites and Twitter accounts to be able to help the #EndSars motion.
“The military hereby enjoins all legislation abiding Nigerians to go about their lawful actions unhindered because the train has nothing to do with ENDSARS protest, however a yearly occasion set out by the (military) in its efforts to making sure security and safety of Nigeria and her residents,” Musa stated in a press release.
Authorities officers haven’t responded to requests for touch upon whether or not any web sites had been hacked, and Reuters couldn’t independently verify the claims. Nevertheless Musa stated the train would for the primary time embody cyber warfare coaching.
“The train is intentionally meant to be all- encompassing to incorporate cyber warfare workouts designed to determine, observe and counter damaging propaganda within the social media and throughout the our on-line world,” Musa stated within the launch.
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