The Nigerian Army has announced the commencement of a nationwide operation tagged “cyberwarfare” despite the ongoing protest against brutality.
In an announcement on Saturday at a press briefing held at a military camp in Ngamdu village of Borno State, the army said the operation will be under “Exercise Crocodile Smile.”
The army also explained that the operation is an annual exercise which traditionally holds in the last quarter of the year.
The Army Chief of Training and Operations, Major General Nuhu Angbazo, was present at the briefing.
In a statement by the army’s spokesperson, Sagir Musa, the operation is deliberate.
While stating the reason for the operation, the army spokesperson said the operation is to “identify, track and counter negative propaganda in the social media and across the cyberspace”.
Sagir said in the statement that “This is the first-ever cyber warfare to be conducted in the history of the African armed forces; that will also improve Nigeria army’s capacity and resilience against hostile cyber acts in defence of our national security and critical national infrastructure.”
The army also reassured Nigerians of its commitment to the sustenance of peace and security in Nigeria and urged the support and understanding of members of the public.
Meanwhile, Nigerians are perceiving hidden agenda as the operation might aimed at the #EndSARS protesters.