A group of Yoruba youths under the umbrella of Progressive Yoruba Youth Congress (PYYC) staged a peaceful rally tagged, “Peace, Unity and Security” in support of the ongoing military operation codenamed “Operation Crocodile Smile” in the South-West.
The operation which was a replica of “Operation Python Dance” in the South-East commenced last week with the Army announcing that over 40 suspects have been arrested in raids of criminal hideouts in Lagos alone.
In support of the operation, hundreds of youths of southwest extraction trooped out in a peaceful rally to endorse the military action which they believe would rid the region of criminal elements.
The youths who marched from Ojota 7 up to the popular Gani Fawehinmi Freedom Park in Lagos sang and danced while carrying placards to express their support for President Muhammadu Buhari’s measures in securing lives and properties of the people of southwest.
Speaking on the development, National President of the group, Desmond Abiona said evidence has shown that the exercise has resulted in lesser crimes in other regions where similar operation was carried out.
According to him, the operation would reduce all manners of criminality in the southwest especially the one being perpetrated by the Badoo Cult in Ikorodu area of Lagos.
“We declare our readiness to cooperate with the Nigerian Army and its sister security agencies to help President Muhammadu Buhari protect us all,” he said.
He continued that: “We are constrained to ask for more. Similar exercises conducted by the Nigerian Army in other jurisdictions have reportedly resulted in lesser crime rate because soldiers used their capacity building exercise to flush out criminals in this area.
“Our belief is that we would not be asking for too much by presenting the leadership of the Nigerian Army with a shopping list of issues we think soldiers can use Operation Crocodile Smile to deal with for our people.”