The Nigerian Navy is seeking cooperation and collaborative measures with other national military and paramilitary agencies in the country, in a bid to minimize incidences of sea robbery and other sea crimes within the Nigerian water space.
Speaking at an Inter-Agency co-operation seminar for Naval warfare course 3 training in Calabar, the Cross River State Capital, the Commandant of the Naval War College, Rear Admiral Adeseye Ayobanjo disclosed that, the seminar was to further enhance maritime security and promote inter-agency co-operation.
The seminar with the theme, “Combating Smuggling Through Inter-Agency Co-operation” identified piracy as lead, among other security challenges within the Nigerian waters, with huge economic implications which if not checked over time, will sabotage efforts of government in ensuring safety at the nation’s maritime domain.
Other threatening areas as identified by the Navy include crude oil theft, fisheries, drug smuggling, importation of contraband goods and products of substandard values, illegal movements small arms and many more following record of several attacks and arrests made which can be curbed through inter-agency co-operation.
The Nigerian Navy has given an assurance that the country would no longer lose any of its territorial boundaries to another country as was the case with the Bakassi Peninsula which was ceded to Cameroon some years ago, leaving thousands displaced.
According to the Flag Officer Commanding, Eastern Naval Command, Rear Admiral Charles Medani, security is being heightened at the borders, following the establishment of a new Naval base at Ikuru, Andoni Local Government Area of Rivers State to enable the Nigerian Navy effectively pursue its statutory duties.
The FOC, who led some officers and men from the headquarters of the Eastern Naval Command in Calabar, on a boat acade to the new Naval post, averred that the establishment of the base became necessary following its utmost significance to Nigeria’s economy, as over 80 oil wells are said to be operational in the area.
He added that the base was strategically located to enable a clearer view of the nation’s borders from a distance and would also allow for check on the activities of oil thieves, following the absence of security outfit around that axis.
Rear Admiral Charles Medani also used the opportunity of his maiden visit to the base, after its kick off, to solicit for operational tools in order to enable full take off.