President Buhari Directs Security Chiefs To Address Inflow Of Illegal Firearms

 

President Muhammadu Buhari has directed security chiefs to ensure that they address the gaps that facilitate the inflow of illegal firearms into the country, as well as the porous borders.

According to the Chief of Naval Staff, Vice Admiral Ibok-Ete Ibas, who addressed journalists at the end of a closed-door meeting convened by the president, said the spate of kidnapping, armed banditry and robbery have been on the increase in some parts of the nation.

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He added that the president is impressed with efforts at tackling the menace and has also directed the security chiefs to identify other means of addressing the porous nature of the nation’s borders.

Ibas also revealed that the briefing also showed efforts by the military and security agencies at responding better to the insurgency, owing to improved synergy on intelligence.

Other issues discussed at the meeting include the security arrangements for tomorrow’s presidential inauguration.

Those present include; outgoing Minister of Defence, Mansur Dan-Ali, the Chief of Defence Staff, General Abayomi Olonisakin; and the Chief of Army Staff, Lieutenant General Tukur Buratai.

Others are the Chief of Air Staff, Air Marshal Sadique Abubakar; Chief of Naval Staff, Vice Admiral Ibok-Ete Ibas; as well as the Inspector General of Police, Mohammed Adamu.

President Buhari Approves Naval Base For Lake Chad Basin

President Buhari Approves Naval Base For Lake Chad BasinNigeria’s President, Muhammadu Buhari, has given approval for the establishment of a naval base at the Lake Chad basin to boost security in the north-east.

The Chief of Naval Staff, Vice Admiral Ibok-Ete Ibas, disclosed this to State House correspondents on Monday after meeting with the President.

Vice Admiral Ibas explained that the Lake Chad area is a strategic location that provides means of livelihood to hundreds of thousands of people.

He noted that the presence of the Nigerian Navy would help in consolidating on the security of the area.

The Naval Chief also said a dedicated task force has since been put in place to tackle the problem of sea piracy in Nigeria.

Nigerian Navy To Boost Capacity With 14 Assault Boats

Nigerian Navy To Boost Capacity With 14 Assault BoatsThe Nigerian Navy has revealed plans to acquire 14 assault boats from South Africa, to boost its capacity building efforts in tackling maritime crimes.

The Chief of Naval Staff, Vice Admiral Ibok-Ete Ibas, made the disclosure during an interview with Channels Television in South Africa.

He hinted that the acquisition also involved a phase where part of the construction would be completed in Nigeria.

“The deal is such that the production will start here (in South Africa) and later be transferred to the Naval Dockyard in Lagos.

“We are also going to attach our personnel to the company during the process and this is to build capacity and transfer technology,” the Naval Chief said.

He stressed that maritime crimes are transnational in character, noting that “what happens to one coastal nation cannot be isolated from the other”.

Vice Admiral Ibas said Nigeria has been able to reduce the cases of piracy to the barest minimum, while efforts are ongoing to tackle human and drug trafficking.

“In the case of piracy, I think we have reduced the incidences to the barest minimum and where they take place, we ensure that we are at the scene of the incident before damage is done to seafarers.

“With respect to human and drug trafficking, we are working closely with other national maritime law enforcement agencies to ensure that we are able to contain the menace,” he said.

The Chief of Naval Staff has been attending a string of meetings and events in South Africa on the invitation of his counterpart in the country.

 

Navy Assures Anambra Citizens Of Sustainable Security On Waterways

Navy,The Chief of Naval Staff, Vice Admiral Ibok-Ete Ibas, has assured the people of Anambra state of sustainable security on the coastal lines and on other waterways of the River Niger.

The reassurance was given during his visit to Anambra state where he commissioned over five projects at the Onitsha Naval Outpost in Odekpe, Ogbaru local government area of the state.

Receiving him, the State Governor, Willie Obiano, commended, the effort of the Navy, especially in crippling the activities of arms dealers prowling through the River Niger.

He then assured the Navy of the government’s full support in ensuring tightened security on the waterways.

Navy Chief Assesses Officers’ Readiness To Safeguard Waterways

navy, waterwaysAs part of efforts to assess the professionalism and preparedness of the Nigerian Navy to adequately protect the nation’s waterways, the Chief Of Naval Staff, Vice Admiral Ibok-Ete Ibas, is in Yenagoa for an inspection exercise.

During his visit to the Central Naval Command, he is expected to assess the quality of equipment belonging to the force and evaluate the professionalism of the officers.

The navy chief, who commissioned the gymnastics and relaxation centre of the Naval central command in Yenagoa and inspected other projects, was also hosted by the Deputy Governor of the State, Rear Admiral John Jonah, at the government house.

While receiving Mr Ibas at the Government House, Yenagoa, Mr Jonah called for increased collaboration and support for the Nigerian Navy, to enable the agency effectively police the Niger Delta region and the Nation’s territorial waters.

He noted that, the call is imperative in view of the increasing level of sophistication, with which the criminal elements carry out their nefarious activities in the maritime environment of the country.

The deputy governor, who described the Nigerian Navy as the only national establishment that has the responsibility, resources and training to keep the maritime space safe, urged all stakeholders to give legitimate support to the agency’s fight against crude oil theft, piracy and other crimes in the waterways.

He also expressed full appreciation to the Nigerian Navy for immortalizing Late Rear Admiral Nelson Bossman Soroh, by naming one of its formations, NNS Soroh, after him.

Mr Jonah said the gesture would go a long way in motivating serving naval personnel, to give their best in serving the nation.

“Let me also use this opportunity to publicly commend the Nigerian Navy for its efforts to immortalise one of our heroes, Rear Admiral Nelson Bossman Soroh, who gave his best, in serving our country.

“I thank you all for recognizing his contributions by naming a base, NNS Soroh.

He then called on the Navy to increase its presence in the state, by deploying more mobile stations and machinery to enhance its operations in Bayelsa, which he described as the most riverine state in the entire country.

He believes that Bayelsa State needs more of those mobile stations than other areas, because according to him, it is more riverine than any other state.

Referring to the state as the “centre of gravity”, he appealed for special attention.

“I know it is not easy to have those mobile platforms. But, let’s make sure that, we continue to mount pressure on the management of the system.

The Chief of Naval Staff, told journalists that his visit to the state was in continuation of an ongoing nationwide inspection tour of naval base, equipment and establishments.

He also expressed gratitude to the state government for the donation of a 100-hectare land and gunboats to the Nigerian Navy.

Vice Admiral Ibas promised to make good use of the donations and assured that the Navy would be more proactive in its approach to curbing criminality in the nation’s maritime environment.

He said, “I want to thank you for the support you have provided the Nigerian Navy, since our arrival here both in terms of logistics and welfare support to our bases.

“You are aware, that we have extended our bases and units to create mobile stations, which enables us to be closer to the people and fully cover the flash-points that we have identified.

“We are also in the process of creating additional choke points.”

He expressed hopes that once those areas are well manned and policed, “we will be able to reduce criminality,”.

Nigerian Navy To Mount Choke Points On Niger Delta Creeks

Nigerian Navy, Niger Delta Creeks, Choke PointsNigerian Navy says plans are underway to completely get rid of about 40 creeks in the Niger Delta region before the second quarter of 2017.

The creeks have been identified by the Navy to be navigable and used for criminal elements in Nigeria’s south-south region.

Chief of Naval Staff, Vice Admiral Ibok-Ete Ibas, disclosed this on Thursday during an assessment of facility at the Eastern Naval Command in Calabar, the Cross River State capital.

He expressed satisfaction with the level of steadfastness of officers of the command.

Vice Admiral Ibas further revealed that the government, in the shortest possible time, plans to man houseboats on the waters to check the activities of criminals.

He listed the Calabar River as one of the rivers identified for choke points, owing to the importance the water holds in the Gulf of Guinea.

The Navy boss assured passengers of their safety on the waters, saying the river would soon be completely taken over by the Navy.

He also warned unrepentant criminals to stay away from the waterways, stressing that the Nigerian Navy is ready to hunt them down.

According to the Navy, there are about 6,000 creeks in the entire Niger Delta region.

Naval Chief Flags Off Sea And Operational Inspection

nigerian navy jetty Operational InspectionThere is increased regional and national vigilance to curb the activities of pirates and other criminals in the maritime environment and the Nigerian Navy is joining the drive.

The Chief of the Naval Staff, Vice Admiral Ibok-Ete Ibas, gave the navy’s commitment to checking criminal activities in Nigeria’s waters during the official sea inspection and ‘Operation Tsare Teku’.

According to the Nigerian Navy the operation was launched to stem the wave of attacks on shipping and other legal activities.

Vice Admiral Ibas in company of other senior naval officers arrived at the Federal Ocean Terminal Jetty in Onne, Rivers State.

The mission was the official flag off of Operation Tsare Teku 111, which entails substantial occupation of the maritime environment to stem the rising wave of criminal activities on Nigerian waters.

According to the chief of naval staff, successes have be commendable.

After the launch of the operation in Onne the Naval Chief and his team moved to NNS Pathfinder in Port Harcourt, Rivers State’s capital for other operational inspections in the Eastern Naval Command.

The navy says there will be no slowing down in the fight against all forms of criminality on the nation’s waterways.

Nigerian Navy Begins Full Counter-insurgency Operations In Lake Chad

Navy-boat-UgwuThe Nigerian Navy has commenced full operations on the Nigerian side of the general Lake Chad area to ensure it is totally liberated from Boko Haram.

Marine troops have been deployed to the area in line with presidential directives to give a boost to the war against insurgency in northeast Nigeria.

The Chief of Naval staff, Vice Admiral Ibok-Ete Ibas, announced the deployment during an interaction with commanders in the newly established area of Naval operations to appraise the situation on ground.

The Lake Chad area falls under Baga, a border local government in northern Borno State a notorious stronghold of the Boko Haram insurgents carrying out trans-border operations after sacking the fishing town of Baga.

Three years after a deadly massacre of an estimated 2,000 residents, Baga is still a ghost town, deserted by civilians and now home to the Multi-National joint Task Force fighters.

To fully free the area of terrorists, the Chief of Naval Staff said that the Nigerian Navy was joining forces with the ground and air troops.

He is hopeful that the collaboration will speed up the post conflict healing process in the area.

Government officials in Borno State are happy with the presidential directives, especially as Baga has the biggest fish market in the region and serves as an economic hub for the state.

Total liberation and revival of the area will pave way for a continuation of the suspended oil exploration around the lake Chad area.

Borno State Deputy Governor, Usman Durkwa, expressed optimism that full restoration of peace in the area would improve economic activities and promote normal life.

The Naval Chief also held talks with the Theatre Commander of Operation Lafiya Dole and other key stakeholders in Borno State.

They are brainstorming on how to achieve synergy and smooth running of the new operational base.

NHRC Summons Navy Chief Over Alleged Rights Abuse

Ibok-Ete Ibas, NHRC, Rights Abuse, NavyThe National Human ‎Rights Commission (NHRC) has summoned the Chief of Naval Staff, Vice Admiral Ibok-Ete Ibas, to appear before it on September 26.

He has been invited to answer to allegations of human rights violation levelled against him and the Managing Director of Naval Building and Construction Company Limited, Commodore Abdul Adamu.

In the summons made available to Channels Television on Wednesday, the Commission said it was in receipt of a complaint by the Managing Director of Lexy Nigeria Limited, Prince Leye Adetipe, against Vice Admiral Ibas and some staff of the Navy whom allegedly violated the rights of the complainant.

The NHRC implored the Minister of Defence, Mansur Dan-Ali, to direct the Navy Chief and the senior officers of the Nigerian Navy to appear before the Commission on the said date by 12 noon.

Prince Adetipe had in a petition, alleged that the Navy had terminated the company’s contract and engaged other building contractors at a construction site at the command of the Naval Building and Construction Company Ltd.

He also claimed that the Navy reneged on their joint venture agreement by refusing to declare the proceeds of the sale of the housing units and other developments, contrary to earlier signed agreement on May 19, 2015.

Adetipe accused the Navy of beating up some of their staff and other persons lawfully engaged by his company on February 19, 2016 and expressed worries that his life was in danger, as some naval ratings allegedly trailed his car on one occasion.

He has demanded for 10 billion Naira damages and asked the NHRC to grant him an injunction restraining the alleged violators from “tampering with me and members of the staff of the company and those legally engaged by my company at the site”.

NHRC Investigates Alleged Rights Violation By Nigerian Navy

The National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) says it will not hesitate to issue an interim order to halt the alleged illegal construction works at the command of the Naval Building and Construction Company Ltd., if the need arises after an on the spot assessment of the building site.

The Executive Secretary of the Commission, Professor Bem Angwe, gave the warning in Abuja Monday upon receiving an official petition from the Managing Director of Lexy Nigeria Limited, Prince Leye Adetipe.

In the petition, the alleged violators are listed as the Chief of Naval Staff, Vice Admiral Ibok-Ete Ibas and the Managing Director of Naval Building and Construction Company Limited, Commodore Abdul Adamu and staff of the Nigerian Navy.

The petitioner also alleged that the Navy violated their rights when they sacked them and engaged other building contractors and reneged on their joint venture agreement by refusing to declare the proceeds of the sale of the housing units and other developments, contrary to earlier signed agreement on May 19, 2015.

He also alleged that the Navy on February 19, 2016 beat up some of their staff and other persons lawfully engaged by his company and that his life was in danger, as some naval ratings allegedly trailed his car on one occasion.

In his prayers to the NHRC, Prince Adetipe demanded for 10 billion Naira damages.

He also urged the Commission to grant him an injunction restraining the alleged violators (listed above) from “tampering with me and members of the staff of the company and those legally engaged by my company at the site”.

Meanwhile, the Director Human Rights Monitoring, Mr Tony Ojukwu, has led a team of senior officials of the Commission for an “on the spot” assessment of the building site.

The inspection followed a directive by Professor Angwe, as a prelude to further investigations.

Nigerian Navy Postpones Recruitment Exercise Till May 14

Recruitment ExerciseThe Nigerian Navy says the initial trainees’ recruitment exercise scheduled to hold on April 9 has been postponed to enable more Nigerians participate in the exercise.

The announcement was made by the Navy Secretary on Wednesday.

The exercise has now been scheduled to hold on May 14, 2016.

In a statement issued by the Secretary, the Chief of Naval Staff, Vice Admiral Ibok-ete Ibas, advised persons willing to participate in the aptitude test to prepare for the exercise.

The statement added that the recruitment exercise is part of efforts by Vice Admiral Ibas to re-position the Navy and increase its manpower base.

FG Receives Repentant Niger Delta Militants 

Niger DeltaThe Federal Government will be receiving about 7,000 repentant militants in Akwa Ibom State on Saturday, January 23, 2016.

The Special Adviser to the President on Niger Delta and Co-ordinator of the Amnesty Program, Retired Brigadier-General Paul Boroh said that the repentant militants declared their interest to disarm and join the Niger Delta Amnesty programme.

He was speaking to journalists after an inter-agency meeting to discuss the recent attack on pipelines in the Niger Delta.

General Boroh added that the ex-agitators have also declared their willingness to be involved in plans to ensure the security of pipelines and oil facilities in the region.

The Minister of Niger Delta Affairs, Pastor Usani Ugure, had earlier hosted an inter-agency meeting, where strategies on how to counter the attacks on oil facilities were discussed.

Warri Pipeline Explosion

Facilities belonging to the Nigeria Gas Company, Chevron Nigeria Limited and Nigeria National Petroleum Company, NNPC were blown up by suspected militants on Friday, January 15 in Warri South-West Local Government Area of Delta State.

This has forced the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation, NNPC, to announce the operational shutdown of the Port Harcourt and Kaduna Refineries owing to crude supply challenges arising from the attacks on vital crude oil pipelines.

Both the Nigerian Army and the Navy have described the attack as sabotage and terrorism which will not be tolerated.

The JTF Commander of Operation Pulo Shield in the Niger Delta, Major-General Alani Okunola, said that the task force had mobilised men to apprehend those who attacked the oil facilities.

He also warned community leaders that they would be held responsible for any attack on the country’s oil and gas facilities in their domains.

The Chief of Naval Staff, Vice Admiral Ibok-Ete Ibas, while condemning the act, promised that no efforts would be spared in securing the lives and property of the citizens.

He also proposed the establishment of special courts and tribunals to tackle crimes in the maritime sector.