Navy Moves To Combat Maritime Challenges

Nigerian navyThe Nigerian Navy says new strategies have been put in place to combat the challenges of local and international crude oil theft, drug trafficking, gun running, illegal migration and terrorism.

Addressing a news conference in Abuja on Friday, ahead of the 2015 Nigerian Navy Retreat, the Chief of Policy and Plans, Nigerian Navy, Rear Admiral Johnson Olutoyin, said the Nigerian maritime environment and the entire Gulf of Guinea region were witnessing complex security challenges.

He reaffirmed the Navy’s resolve to tackle the contemporary and emerging security challenges bedeviling the nation.

On Friday, the Navy arrested 11 crew members of a vessel, MT Camille, laden with about 4,000 metric tonnes of suspected stolen crude oil at Forcados in Delta State.

The Eastern Naval Command of the Nigerian Navy has also reiterated its commitment to increasing security on Nigeria’s water, to put an end to crime in the nation’s territorial boundaries.

To deepen efforts to end maritime challenges, the Navy has also entered into a partnership with the Nigerian Customs Service in the area of maritime security and exchange of information that will help in improving Nigeria’s economy.

Crime In Nigeria’s Territorial Boundaries To End Soon – Navy

navyThe Eastern Naval Command of the Nigerian Navy has reiterated its commitment to increasing security on Nigeria’s water to put an end to¬†crime in the nation’s territorial boundaries.

The Flag Officer Commanding (FOC), Eastern Naval Command, Rear Admiral Atiku Abubakar, made the statement while addressing reporters at the end of a sea inspection, code named, ‘Operation Mamaki’. In the operation, personnel undertook gun exercise, communication pattern, interrogation of vessels and helicopter training.

According to him, the essence of such operation is to strengthen Naval Personnel, reduce illegal oil bunkering and protect the nation’s mineral and natural resources.

Six ships participated in the operation, which was conducted within the Eastern Naval Command Maritime area from Calabar and Bonny fairway to the Brass terminal.

The Director of Operations at the Naval Headquarters, Rear Admiral Essien, maintained that the exercise by the fleet showed the readiness of the Eastern Naval Command to combat crime at any given circumstances.