Gov. Willy Obiano of Anambra on Tuesday welcomed the launch of the “Exercise Python Dance” by the Nigerian Army in the state and urged the people to cooperate with army in sustaining the relative peace in Anambra.
“They are not Army of occupation as being labelled by some people, especially on the online media.
“Nobody will be molested,” Obiano told the people but warned criminal elements to steer clear of the state as the exercise would not be friendly to them.
He recalled that when he took over the mantle of leadership of the state, there was insecurity, making many indigenes to stay away from the state.
The governor, however, noted that the trend had been reversed with the task force he had set up to deal with the situation, adding that incidents of kidnapping and other forms of criminality had been checked in the state.
In a remark at the launch, the Chief of Army Staff, Lt-Gen. Tukur Buratai, said the exercise was a training programme like others launched in other parts of the country.
Buratai stressed that the exercise was part of the Army’s constitutional responsibility to aid civil authority in maintaining internal security.
He warned that those who would want to disrupt the peace of the state would have themselves to blame.