The Python Dance III has reached Kaduna and the Nigerian Army says it is not its will that any criminal will die, but that all will come to repentance. 

Announcing the commencement of operation Python Dance III [Egwu Eke] in Kaduna State, the force attached a warning which criminals should heed. 

There is no hiding place for those that have terrorised residents, attacked and kidnapped people in the state, the Nigerian Army said. 

While inaugurating the operation at Rigasa in Kaduna on Tuesday, the General Officer Commanding (GOC) 1 Division, Nigerian Army, Major General Mohammed Mohammed, said the operation was holding simultaneously across the country to combat banditry, kidnapping and other criminal activities.

"Furthermore, it is also meant to ensure that law and order are maintained as we approach the upcoming 2019 general elections.

"To this end, this Division have put in place necessary security measures to ensure that these dissident groups are denied freedom of actions to carry out their nefarious activities, and to also ensure a hitch free 2019 general election," the GOC said.

According to him, the Division has information “of plans by some of these groups to disrupt the upcoming 2019 General Elections.

"Hence, EGWU EKE III will give the Division the necessary platform to forestall the activities of these unscrupulous elements.”

The GOC recalled that the Division had engaged in several operations such as Karamin Goro, Idon Raini, Sharan Daji and Whirl Punch essentially to clear criminal elements in its area of responsibility.

"I want to also sincerely appreciate the efforts of the Chief of Army Staff Lt Gen Tukur Buratai in his untiring attention and support to 1 Division which has continued to enable us to discharge our constitutional responsibilities.”

Also at the event was the Governor of the state, Nasiru El Rufa’i, and he hailed the military for the sustained offensive against Boko Haram, claiming they have greatly degraded their capabilities and compelled them to relocate to remote areas.

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The Governor, who was represented by his Special Adviser on Security matters, Murtala Abbas, explained that as the general elections draws near, the need for security agencies to be on top of their duty against criminal groups in the state and country at large has become more expedient.

He implored the military to remain focused, determined and build on successes of previous operations and exercises, while urging them to remain apolitical, steadfast and professional in the discharge of their roles.

El Rufa’i assured the Army of his administration’s support in the discharge of its constitutional duties. 

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