The Nigerian Army has announced that Operation Python Dance will officially end tomorrow.
The Army had inaugurated the operation to curb crime in the area during the yuletide.
By the way, the Yuletide celebration has not ended as it stretches into the New Year.
The Public Relations of the 82 Division of the Nigerian Army, Col. Sagir Musa, made the disclosure today.
The operation was launched to span from Nov. 27 to Dec. 27.
“The Exercise will end on Dec. 27, as earlier indicated.
“However, troops will still be massively around in the whole of South-East to continue with roadblocks and checkpoints.
“Nigeria’s South-East has not recorded incidence of armed robbery, kidnapping, cultism and associated violence.
“There has been no inter-communal, herdsmen-farmers clashes during this Yuletide.
“This is due to the on-going military exercise in the region tagged ‘Operation Python Dance.’
“These menaces are and have been the focus and targets of this exercise which have so far been successful,” Musa said.
“Recall that traffic gridlock has for many years, especially during the yuletide, been endemic on the Niger Bridge.
“This always happens at both Asaba and Onitsha axis, inflicting suffering and other inconveniences on road users.
“Hence, part of the target for the exercise is to check the usual gridlock, chaos, and insecurity on the Bridge.
“This objective has so far been achieved.
“Since the start of Exercise Python Dance, there has not been any case of gridlock and associated insecurity on the Bridge.
“The orderliness, the disposition of combined security personnel and the manner the general public conducted themselves, especially the road users are commendable,” he stressed.
He also urged members of the public to remain security conscious and to report any suspicious movements.