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Operation Lafiya Dole, Python dance and 9 others- How Nigerian military operations are named

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He also added that there is no hard and fast rule on how the code names come about, but only that they are usually twowords.

According to Daily Trust, he said the operations are backed by the constitution which foresaw the need forthe military to assist civil enforcement agencies in the protection of lives and property.

Below are the military operations currently ongoing in Nigeria:

1. Operation Lafiya Dole

Lafiya Dole was set up to counter terrorism and Boko Haram insurgency. It was later expanded to specialized operations including “Operation Crackdown”, “Operation Gama Aiki” and “Operation Safe Corridor.”

2. Operation Gama Aiki

This was launched to clear remnants of Boko Haram from northern part of Bornostate and the border regions with Chad and Niger Republic.

It is a joint operation with the Nigerian military and the regional Multinational Joint Task Force. In fact, Gama Aiki is targeted at terrorists fleeing “Operation Crackdown.”

3. Operation Python Dance II

This was launched about a year after Operation Python Dance I in the Southeast. It is said to be a field training exercise.

The army said it was designed to, if necessary, dovetail into real time activities such as anti-kidnapping drills, patrols, raids, cordon and search, checkpoints, road blocks and show of force.

The exercise includes the police, Civil Defence Corps, State Security Service and Federal Road Safety Commission. Itis aimed at checking anticipated rising wave of crimes usually prevalent during festive periods.

4. Operation Crocodile Smile II

This is an exercise which involves amphibious war games in the Niger Delta region and parts of Ogun State. It is also aimed at protecting the nation’s crude oil infrastructure.

5. Operation Tsera Teku

This operation was officially launched in Warri, Delta state in February 2017 to check piracy in the Niger Delta region.

The operation is expected to curtail pipeline vandalism, armed robbery and other offshore and around the creeks criminality. It is also aimed at protectingships and oil and gas installations.

6. Operation Awatse

It began in July 2016 and was to dismantle the operational bases of pipeline vandals and militants in the coastal areas of southwest Nigeria.

7. Operation Sharan Daji/ Operation Harbin Kunama II

It was established in the Northwest to battle armed bandits, cattle rustlers androbbers operating particularly in Zamfara, Kaduna and fringes of Sokoto, Kebbi, Katsina and Kano states.

8. Operation Mesa

This operation has been a nationwide joint police-military security taskforce. Itis called “Operation Yaki” in Kaduna State and “Operation Zenda” in Benue State.

9. Operation Safe Haven

It is stationed in Plateau State with areas of operation extending to Benue, Kogi, Nasarawa and Kwara states to quell ethno-religious conflicts and othercriminal activities.

10. Operation Delta Safe

This was set up to replace Operation Pulo Shield. It is aimed at containing security challenges in the Niger Delta, especially protection of critical national assets and provision of security in the area.

11. Operation Ruwan Wuta II

The operation is to crackdown on Boko Haram terrorists and check their ability to freely operate in the country by the Nigerian Air Force (NAF).

Air Force spokesman, Air Commodore Olatokunbo Adesanya, said the operation is an intensive day and night aerial bombardment designed to rain significant fire on freshly discovered hideouts of Boko Haram terrorists.

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