The Nigerian Navy yesterday disclosed that it had elevated its surveillance within the nation’s maritime area with the refurbishing of its previous vessels and the acquisition of recent ones, which might finish the speed of oil theft and pipeline vandalism within the Niger Delta.
The naval drive warned naval personnel to not have interaction in any type of partisan politics, noting that the statutory obligation of the Nigerian Navy was to help civil authority to make sure that the election was free and truthful.
The Chief of Naval Employees, Vice Admiral Ibok-Ete Ibas made the remarks on the inauguration of the newly remodelled headquarters of the Nigerian Navy Ship (NNS), Warri, Delta State.
Ibas, who was represented by the Flag Officer Commanding (FOC), Western Naval Command, Rear Adm. Saidu Garba, famous that it might be capable of cut back, if not finish, the speed of oil theft and pipeline vandalism, significantly within the Niger Delta.
With its new plan, the naval chief stated the Nigerian Navy had elevated its surveillance within the nation’s inside and territorial waters with the refurbishing of its previous vessels and the acquisition of recent ones.
He stated, “Our patrols within the water have been reinvigorated. Now we have nearly everlasting presence within the sea. This implies we’ve not left any room for the thieves and see pirates to function.
“Clearly with our presence, they’ll now must search for different means to function. The saying is that management is patrol and patrol is management. So we are going to be sure that our persistence patrol will allow us to regulate the maritime area.”
Moreover maritime surveillance, Ibas warned naval personnel towards involvement in partisan politics, saying as a statutory accountability, the navy males “should not be concerned in any type of politicking. We will not favour any individual or associate with anyone in politics.
“Our second statutory accountability is to make sure that when known as upon we give enough safety to our INEC officers that will likely be going into the waters. Clearly, they have to require safety. Our presence there’ll allow them ship their electoral supplies as required.”
Ibas warned anyone, particularly the youths, to not search for the help of any of its personnel earlier than, throughout or after the elections, noting that the Nigerian Navy wouldn’t hesitate to arrest such individuals.
He urged the youths “to not come near any of our personnel requiring any type of political help. Any individual that involves us requiring any type of political help, we’re going to arrest him as a result of it’s towards our laws.
“They need to be sure that they go about their democratic rights to vote with none type of violence. We will likely be known as upon to help any civil authority in guaranteeing that legislation and order is maintained through the election interval.”
Additionally talking on the inauguration, the FOC stated the aim of the on-going renovation train in all naval instructions, was to make sure that personnel in all the Nigerian Navy had a conducive setting to function.