The Nigerian Army on Tuesday began Operation Crocodile Smile III on Bakassi Local Government Areas of Cross River State.
The operation is aimed at ending kidnapping, militancy and armed robbery in the area.
Speaking during the flag off, Governor Ben Ayade said the exercise will reduce the proliferation of arms through the Cameroon border at Ikang in Bakassi.
He hailed the Nigerian Army for remaining disciplined and “very professional in the discharge of their constitutional duties.”
The governor also called on all security agencies to work in harmony with a view to bringing the security challenges across the country under control.
Ayade said: “As the 2019 general elections draw closer, I want to use this opportunity to warn politicians to desist from moving arms and sponsoring violence at polling units.
“As the Chief Security Officer of the state, I will work with security agencies to ensure that anyone caught is prosecuted.”