By Johnbosco Agbakwuru
CALABAR—GOVERNOR Liyel Imoke of Cross River State has appealed to the Nigerian Navy to check the illegal sale of petroleum products on the state’s waterway.

Governor Imoke made the appeal when he received the Flag Officer Commanding, Eastern Naval Command, Rear Admiral Olufemi Ogunjimi, in his office in Calabar. He said the activities of the illegal petroleum dealers constituted environmental hazard that threatens fishing activities in the state waterways.

The governor also restated the need for a joint naval patrol along the buffer zone between Nigeria and the Republic of Cameroon because of the sudden rise in incidence of piracy and criminality, emphasising that the area needed effective policing.

Speaking earlier, the FOC commended Imoke for the gun boats the state recently donated to the Navy in Calabar to tackle criminal elements on the maritime environment.

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