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Protesters ask Navy to quit Sapele ports

By Emma Amaize

WARRI—HUNDREDS of placard-carrying protesters yesterday stormed the Naval base at Sapele,  Delta State, calling on the authorities to obey the resolution of the House of Representatives to vacate Sapele Ports.

The campaigners besieged the Naval base shortly after the House of Representatives’ Committee on Legislative Compliance, led by Deputy Chairman, Augustine Adikpe, visited Sapele Ports yesterday.

Adikpe, who met with the Commanding Officer, Nigerian Navy Engineering College, Ogorode, Sapele, Rear Admiral Lok Osum, at the Ports, said the House of Representatives would explore a means to ensure that the Navy complied with an earlier decision of the lawmakers to move out of Sapele Ports.

He pointed out  that having heard from the parties involved, as part of their over sight function, it was clear to the committee that everybody wanted the issue to be resolved  amicably.

“We know where the problem is today; we have to get back to the headquarters, that is the Ministry of Defence, and speak to the authorities over there. The resolution passed by the House would be carried out,” he said.

Adikpe, who represents Obi/Oju Federal constituency, Benue State, said the commandant had made it known to the members that it was a policy matter, which he could not do anything about, and that he had just been posted to Sapele as commanding officer.

Responding to a question on the commanding officer’s statement, he said:  “Military officers have respect for their hierarchy but I am not saying politicians do not have respect for their hierarchy, but  on issues bordering on policy, I do not think the commandant wants to take any risk.

He made it known to us that he was not aware of what is happening and that we should take it up with the ministry and we shall do that.”


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