Pirates And Other Persons Carrying Out Illegal Activities in Nigerian Territorial Waters Warned They Face the Wrath of the Navy
Nigeria’s Chief of Naval Staff, Vice Admiral Dele Ezeoba, has warned pirates and other persons carrying out illegal activities in Nigeria’s territorial waters to desist from it or face the wrath of the navy.
Ezeoba told journalists at the end of a joint military exercise in the Niger Delta region code named: “Exercise Farauta” in Port Harcourt on Sunday that it won’t be business as usual as the navy was determined to put a stop to the illegal business.
The navy chief, who was on board the Navy Ship “Thunder” for the exercise which lasted from November 11-17, said that being out in the sea for seven days, which had not happened for a long time, was evidence of the navy’s resolve to do things differently on the waters.
“We will continue to meet the benchmarks; we continue to put structures in place to help develop more our capacity to sustain our presence at sea.
“We have in the offing the planned acquisition of two new Off Shore Patrol Vessels (OPVs), which are going to be in the country in the next 18 to 24 months which is a long time.
“And while that is ongoing, there is some effort somewhere to fill a gap by looking at possible off shelve acquisition to help us to meet this operational capability,” he said.
Ezeoba said that the navy was determined to carry out the directive of President Jonathan to ensure that they stamped out all criminals in the Niger Delta region with emphasis on the Bonny-Akassa-Escravos axis noted for crude oil theft.
He assured Nigerians that the president’s pronouncement would be carried out, adding: “where there is a will, there is a way.”
Source African Press Agency
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