The Acting Director, Army Public Relations, Col. Sagir Musa, made this clarification in a statement on Sunday in Abuja.
The director affirmed that the exercise is a yearly program in ensuring the safety of citizens.
“It is a yearly exercise in the Army Calendar/Forecast of Events which traditionally holds from October to December of each year.”
According to Musa, this year’s exercise is scheduled to commence from Oct. 20 to Dec. 31, and it has no relationship with any lawful protest under any guise whatsoever.
He warned “to now insinuate that it is an exercise meant to stifle the ongoing ENDSARS protest is sheer misinformation.
“So far, the army has acted professionally since the civil protest started over two weeks ago.
“The army hereby enjoins all law-abiding Nigerians to go about their lawful activities unhindered,” he said.