2019: Naval Chief Warns Officers To Be Non-Partisan

Chief of Naval Staff, Vice Admiral Ibok-Ete Ibas

 

The Chief of Naval Staff, Vice Admiral Ibok-Ete Ibas, has warned officers not to engage in political activities ahead of the 2019 general elections.

Ibas stated this on Saturday at the presidential inauguration of officers of Course 65 of the Nigerian Defence Academy, at the Naval College in Onne area of Rivers State.

According to him, any officer found to meddle in politics during the electioneering campaigns in the lead up to next year’s general elections will be severely sanctioned.

“It is therefore important that wherever you find yourselves, your actions should be based on what is best for the nation and not on any individual or group,” he said.

The naval chief also reminded the officers of their primary responsibility of defending the nation’s territory against any form of attack.

He urged them to always consider Nigeria’s interest in whatever they do rather than seek to please some certain individuals.

“As Naval personnel, we must remember at all times those actions and inactions that will cast aspersions on the integrity of the Nigerian Navy or the Armed Forces of Nigeria at large.

“It is therefore important that wherever you find yourselves, your actions should be based on what is best for the nation and not on any individual or group,” he added.

His warning follows similar comments by the Chief of Army Staff (COAS), Lieutenant- General Tukur Buratai, for soldiers to steer clear of politics in the discharge of their duties.

While declaring open the 2018 Chief of Army Staff First Quarter Conference in April, Buratai warned the personnel to remain apolitical but professionally responsive in the discharge of their constitutional duties.

The COAS revealed that he has directed a special Court Martial to be set up for erring soldiers caught to have to flout his orders.

 

Olonisakin Asks Military To Be Apolitical

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The Chief of Defense Staff, Abayomi Olonisakin, has urged all military formations in the country to be apolitical.

The chief who was represented by the Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Defense, Nuratu Batagarawa, said this on Monday at the passing out of over 1,000 new naval officers at the Nigerian Navy Training School, Onne, Rivers State.

He urged the men and women to be loyal and disciplined, adding that no officer should make themselves available to be used by self-seeking individuals.

The event was attended by the Chief of Naval Staff and other security chiefs in the state.

Navy Intercepts Boat Carrying Illegal Refined Oil

Nigerian Navy Embarks On Sea Inspection Exercise

 

The Nigerian Navy has intercepted a wooden boat laden with over 50 drums of illegally refined AGO at the Calabar waters worth over N20m.

Seven men were arrested alongside the products being conveyed from Rivers State to Calabar and were paraded at the NNS Victory Ship Jetty in Calabar, the Cross River State Capital.

The Commander, NNS Victory Ship, Commodore Julius Nwagu said, the Nigerian Navy will know no rest until the national sabotage to the nation’s economy especially on the waterways is completely wiped out.

He made this known on Saturday while handing over those arrested to the NSCDC at the Calabar Jetty in Cross River State.

On his part, the NSCDC boss, Haliru Usman, stated that appropriate sanctions will be meted on the culprits for further prosecution.

Aircrew Grounded As US Pilot Draws Obscene Image In Sky

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The US Navy was left red-faced Friday after a pilot painted an enormous outline of a penis in the sky using the condensation trails from his multi-million-dollar warplane.

Residents of the town of Okanogan, in the western state of Washington, had been stunned to see the F-18 jet scrawling the phallic symbol on Thursday, and several photos quickly circulated online.

Navy officials acknowledged one of their crews was behind the stunt, saying the aircraft “left a condensed air trail resembling an obscene image to observers on the ground.”

“The actions of this aircrew were wholly unacceptable and antithetical to Navy core values,” Lieutenant Commander Leslie Hubbell, a spokeswoman for the Naval Air Station on Whidbey Island, said in a statement.

“We have grounded the aircrew and are conducting a thorough investigation — and we will hold those responsible accountable for their actions.

“The Navy apologizes for this irresponsible and immature act,” she added.

Many onlookers on the ground posted images of the drawing on social media and appeared amused by the stunt.

Ramon Duran told The Spokesman-Review that he was running errands when he noticed the jet drawing the male genitalia.
“After it made the circles at the bottom, I knew what it was and started laughing,” Duran said.

“It was pretty funny to see that. You don’t expect to see something like that.”

Navy Flags Off Operation Octopus Grip In Delta

The Flag Officer Commanding, Central Naval Command, Rear Admiral Abubakar Alhassan reiterated the commitment of his men in curbing out criminal elements in Delta state.

According to him, the navy is ever ready to combat criminals whose aim is to jeopardise the nation’s economic interest.

“We started the first phase of the Octopus Grip which is “sea exercise” on October 30 in Onne, we are here to kick-start the phase two which is a riverine operation in Warri,” he said on Thursday.

The Naval boss further added that, “eleven gunboats from the NNS Delta will be used for the exercise and it will be going on simultaneously in other commands of the Nigerian Navy.”

It is hopeful the operation that began with the discovery of about thirty hectares of land used for illegal refineries at the Bennet Island in Warri south west local government area of the state, is being carried out with eleven gunboats, surveillance helicopters and a special naval squad.

Alhassan added, “Naval surveillance helicopters, eleven gunboats and a special naval squad being deployed for the operation octopus grid which is aimed at consolidating on the successes of the “operation rivers sweep” that was launched by the command in January.”

We Are Ready To Contain Niger Delta Avengers’ Threats – Navy

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The Chief of the Naval Staff Vice Admiral Ibok-Ete Ibas says the Nigerian Navy has the responsibility and capacity to contain the threat made by the Niger Delta Avengers as well as other criminal acts in the waterways.

Ibas said this during the annual inspection exercise at the NNS Delta Command in Warri, Logistics Headquarters command in Oghara and the Engineering College Sapele, Delta State.

Responding to questions from journalists, after addressing his officers and ratings, Chief of the Naval Staff speaks on the strategy being explored by the Navy to address criminalities on the nation’s waterways.

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He said the fresh threat by the Niger Delta Avengers should not be taken with levity, hence the readiness of the Nigerian Navy. He said the navy will not relent in ensuring the safety of national assets in the region.

“Threat by Niger Delta avengers, sea robbers, pirates and kidnappers are threats that the armed forces of Nigeria have a responsibility towards containing.

“We do not wait until a threat comes from a particular group before we act and what we do is to protect lives and properties against any threat most especially the ones against the nation’s assets recall that in the height of vandalism and sea robbery, the navy had to deploy the strategy of chokepoints to reduce the movement of most of these criminals,” he said.

Police, Navy Clash: Families Of Slain Policemen Get N2m

Police, Navy Clash: Families Of Slain Policemen Get N2m

The Cross River State government has donated two million naira to families of the slain policemen and one who lost his eye during a clash between the police and the Nigerian Navy in the state.

The Commissioner of Police in the state, Mr Hafiz Inuwa, handed over the money to the beneficiaries on behalf of the state government on Wednesday at the State’s CID in Calabar, the state capital.

Inuwa said the two women who lost a husband and the other, who lost her only child, are to get N700,000 each while the police officer who lost his sight would get N600, 000.

The police officer, who is grateful for the offer, however, sued for the perpetrators of the incident to be brought to justice.

The gesture was in fulfilment of the promise made by the state governor,  Professor Ben Ayade, in solidarity with the families and victim of the unfortunate incident.

This comes almost five months after the deadly clash between personnel of the police and navy in Calabar, the state capital.

The clash, which occurred on May 30, was said to have generated from a disagreement between a police traffic officer and a naval officer at a checkpoint opposite the Navy Barracks in Akim area in the state capital.

The incident later resulted in a deadly riot in which suspected naval officers allegedly attacked a police divisional headquarters, killing at least two officers and injuring others after setting the facility ablaze.

This had prompted the state governor, Ben Ayade, to urgently convene a meeting with officials of both security outfits.

At the meeting, Governor Ayade condoled with the police and navy and promised to compensate the victims of the clash.

Two Policemen, Naval Officer Paraded For Armed Robbery, Kidnap

The police in Kogi State has paraded about 20 suspected criminals for various criminal offences.

Among the suspects are two policemen, Corporal Suleiman Isiaka, Corporal Ibrahim James and one naval officer, Bature Habila who were arrested for kidnapping and armed robbery.

The new Commissioner of Police Mr Ali Janga while parading the suspects at the Headquaters in Lokoja, said the suspects were arrested in various location in the state, while some of them, including the policemen and naval officer were arrested for armed robbery and kidnapping.

He said the policemen have been dismissed immediately.

“They are ex-policemen and naval personnel. They were arrested for kidnapping and armed robbery. We have tried them and we have dismissed them. They are facing the court as soon as soon as investigation is concluded.”

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One of the arrested policemen, former Corpral Isiaka explained how his colleague summoned him to engage in the kidnap while he attributed it to the work of the devil.

The arrested naval officer, Habila however denied knowledge of the crime, noting that he was framed up.

Some of the items recovered from the suspects include four AK 47, two beratal pistle, three pump automatic action ammunition, caterages and one smoke pistle, among others.

Navy Urges Delta Govt To Compensate Landowners In Oghara

Navy Urges Delta Govt To Compensate Landowners In Oghara

The Nigerian Navy has appealed to the Delta State government to pay compensation to the original owners of the land offered to it by the state government for operational purpose.

The Flag Officer Commanding Logistics Command, Oghara, Rear Admiral Peter Onaji, made the appeal when he met with Governor Ifeanyi Okowa at the Government House, Asaba, the state capital.

“We request Your Excellency to please consider the plight of the original owners of the land in Oghara that was given to the Nigerian Navy by paying ghee compensation,” he said.

“In as much as we appreciate the kind gestures of the Delta State government, we don’t want a situation where the peace that currently exists in the region will be disrupted by disgruntled landowners.”

Rear Admiral Onaji, who led top officers of the Command on a familiarisation visit to Governor Okowa, commended the numerous assistance of his administration to the Navy and other security agencies operating in the state.

He said, “Be assured that the Navy will always be there securing our waterways and also be available to tackle security issues as the need arises.

“The Navy loves a peaceful environment and will ensure that the people live in peace with one another.”

Responding to their requests, the governor commended the Chief of Naval Staff for his commitment to developing the Force to face any challenge.

He said the initiatives of the naval chief have been felt in Delta State and in the Niger Delta region, promising to look into their request and proper possible solutions to them.

“The activities of the Navy have helped to curb sea piracy and protection of national assets, especially facilities that transport crude and gas,” Okowa said.

“It is important that the Navy does not relax on its duties, because of the importance of having secured maritime for socio-economic activities.

“Today, we have peace in the creeks largely due to the efficiency of the Navy in collaboration with other security agencies and stakeholders which has impacted greatly on the economy of the country,” he added.

Navy Burns Down Illegal Training School, Arrests 28 In Benue

The Nigerian Navy has arrested 28 fake naval trainees and their commandant in Okpokwu Local Council of Benue state, following the clandestine illegal training of Para-Military personnel across the country.

The operation is sequel to intelligence report which the NNS Lugard Commander Commodore Dolapo Kolawole, described as posing a threat to national security, as the operatives raised down the illegal training school completely.

The commandant of the illegal training school located in Okpoga in Okpokwu Local Council of Benue state says, he was employed to train applications in January 2017.

Oil Theft: Navy Hands Over Vessels, Suspects To EFCC In Rivers

Nigerian Navy Resumes 'Exercise Eagle Eye' To Tighten Sea Security
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The Nigerian Navy Ship Yard Pathfinder has handed vessels suspected to be involved in illegal maritime activities to the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) in Rivers State.

This comes after about four months of arrests and premilinary investigation of the Cotonou boats containing unspecified amounts of suspected illegally refined automated gas oil.

While giving the assurance of a new vigour in the fight against oil theft and other maritime crimes, the executive officer of NNS pathfinder, Captain Victor Choji commended the synergy between the navy and the EFCC.

Navy Nabs Seven Suspected Fake Naval Officers

Nigerian Navy Resumes 'Exercise Eagle Eye' To Tighten Sea Security
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Seven persons alleged to be fake naval officers under the name Merchant Navy have been arrested by the Nigerian Navy Shipyard Pathfinder.

According to the Navy, the fake officers had allegedly defrauded unsuspecting citizens.

The base Intelligence Officer, NNS Pathfinder, Commander Mamman Aluchi made this known while parading them at the base in Port Harcourt, Rivers State.

According to him, such persons pose a threat to the nation’s security as similar groups have been found to recruit thousands of so-called officers trained sometimes with arms.

One of the suspects however said his group is a registered legal entity.