Naval Chief Says Force Will Increase Surveillance On Waterways

navy, waterwaysThe Chief of Naval Staff, Rear Admiral Ibok-Ete Ekwe Ibas, on Wednesday reiterated the need for increase and effective surveillance on the Nigerian Waterways.

As part of the efforts to improve security the naval chief visited naval formations in Delta State at the Naval Engineering College Oghara.

He said the recent activities by the militants in the region called for intensified security.

Rear Admiral Ibas explained that his tour had helped in the identification of challenges faced by men and officers in the region in the fight against oil theft, vandalisation and militancy.

‘Remain Patriotic’

He advised his men and officers to have a change of attitude in their operations to enable him actualise his new plan of addressing the menace confronting the nation’s waterways.

“You are all aware of the recent insecurity challenges in the country especially in the Niger Delta region and its impact on the economy. I have taken my officers up on the need to remain patriotic and serious with their jobs.

“I have visited some IOCs asking them the challenges they are having all on a bid to ensure that they mop up security and provide en enabling environment for the improvement of oil production,” he told reporters after the tour.

The naval chief also took time to thank officers and men of the Naval Command for their resilience and steadfastness in keeping Nigeria’s waterways void of crime.

Buhari Submits Service Chiefs’ Names To Senate For Confirmation

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L-R: The CDS, Maj Gen AG Olonisakin, COAS, Maj Gen Gen TY Buratai, CNS, R Adm IE Ibas and CAS, AVM SB Abubakar

President Muhammadu Buhari has written to the Senate, requesting the upper chamber to screen and confirm the service chiefs.

The Senate President, Bukola Saraki, at plenary, read the letter from President Buhari, naming the service chiefs to be screened and confirmed.

They are:

Major-General Abayomi Olonishakin – Chief Of Defence Staff

General T.Y. Buratai – Chief Of Army Staff

Rear Admiral Ibok-Ete Ibas – Chief Of Naval Staff

Air Vice Marshal Sadique Abubakar – Chief Of Air Staff

The Senate has not fixed a date for the screening of the service chiefs.

New Chief Of Defence Staff, Other Service Chiefs Resume

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L-R: The CDS, Maj Gen AG Olonisakin; COAS, Maj Gen Gen TY Buratai; CNS, R Adm IE Ibas and CAS, AVM SB Abubakar

The former Chief of Defence Staff, Air Chief Marshall Alex Badeh, has officially handed over to his successor, Major General Abayomi Olonisakin.

The handing over ceremony for the outgoing and incoming Chief of Defence Staff held on Tuesday in Abuja, the nation’s capital.

The Defence Headquarters had earlier shared images from the event via its Twitter account.

Major-General Abayomi Olonishakin completed his resumption formality by receiving the Defence Flag from the outgoing CDS.Service Chiefs

Addressing a news conference after the hand over ceremony, the new Chief of Defence Staff said that it was time for the Nigerian military to re-double its efforts in curbing terrorism in the country, especially in the north east.

The new Defence Chief also stressed the need to strengthen the just relocated military command base in Maiduguri.

At a separate ceremony to hand over the leadership of the Nigerian Air Force and the Nigerian Navy to their new leaders, the two service chiefs also identified security as top in their priorities.

While the Chief of Naval Staff stressed the need to step up the fight against crude oil theft, his counterpart at the Air Force promised prudent use of resources to motivate officers and men for the counter insurgency operations.

The change of batons by the Chief of Air Staff, Chief of Naval Staff and the new Chief of Defence Staff climaxes all the transfer of powers from the former service chiefs to their successors.

The new Chief of Army Staff, Major-General T.Y. Buratai, had resumed on Thursday, July 16.

The new service chiefs take over from the former military leaders who were relieved of their duties by President Muhammadu Buhari earlier in the month.

As it stands, all new service chiefs recently appointed by President Muhammadu Buhari have officially resumed their offices as leaders of their various services.

New Chief Of Army Staff Resumes, To Celebrate Sallah With Troops

new army chiefThe former Chief of Army Staff, Lieutenant-General Kenneth Minimah, has urged the new Chief of Army Staff, Major-General Tukur Buratai, to sustain the ongoing fight against insurgents in the Northeast.

The former Army Chief made the appeal at the official handing over ceremony in Abuja on Thursday.

According to him, his 18 months as the Chief of Army Staff was very challenging as the nation’s Army battled to reclaim her almost lost glory as a result of the ongoing fight against insurgency in the  north east.

The new Chief of Army Staff said he would unfold his operational plans for tackling insurgency in the days ahead.

The new Chief of Army Staff also met with President Muhammadu Buhari behind closed-doors at the Presidential Villa, Abuja on Thursday.

The meeting was for the new Army chief to further understand President Buhari’s expectations from him.

Speaking to State House correspondents after the meeting, he said that he would be travelling to Damaturu, Yobe State, to celebrate Sallah with troops fighting the Boko Haram sect.

“I am just a few hours on the seat. We will be talking later. But I will be going to Damaturu tomorrow to visit the troops. I want to go and celebrate Sallah with them,” the Army chief said.

Earlier on Monday July 13, President Muhammadu Buhari sacked the Heads of Army, Navy and Air Force as well as the National Security Adviser (NSA).

The President later approved the appointments of the following:

1. Major-General Abayomi Gabriel Olonishakin – Chief of Defence Staff

2. Major-General T.Y. Buratai – Chief of Army Staff

3. Rear Admiral Ibok-Ete Ekwe Ibas – Chief of Naval Staff

4. Air Vice Marshal Sadique Abubakar – Chief of Air Staff

5. Air Vice Marshal Monday Riku Morgan – Chief of Defence Intelligence

6. Major-General Babagana Monguno (rtd.) – National Security Adviser

The new Service Chiefs are all expected to assume office on Thursday (today) according to sources close to the military hierarchy in Abuja.

The Boko Haram had seemed to be loosing its grip on the Northeast region, when the Nigerian military launched a seemingly successful operation to reclaim all territories lost to the insurgents.

However, with about 500 lives lost in recent suicide bombings in Yobe, Kaduna, Plateau and Kano states, there had been renewed pressure on the military for a more effective approach to the war on terror.