By Emma Una
CALABAR— NIGERIAN Navy has reiterated its determination to sustain the fight against criminality in Nigeria’s waterways to make business thrive and foster economic growth.
Rear Admiral Victor Adedipe, Flag Officer Commanding, FOC, Eastern Naval Command, who stated this in Calabar during the 2017 Eastern Naval Command Ceremonial Sunset activities, said during the outgone year, several criminals including kidnappers, sea robbers, pirates and oil thieves, were arrested by the command.
“Some of the criminals arrested have been prosecuted and some are still being prosecuted and we are poised to work within the limited resources at our disposal to stamp out these criminality in our waterways and make them safer,“ Rear Admiral Adedipe said.
The FOC said key to actualising this was through the training and retraining of Naval personnel and equipping them to keep them fit and effectively positioned to combat whatever new methods the criminals adopt in trying to circumvent the dragnet mounted against them in the water channels.
“Operations against these criminals is an ongoing exercise and in 2018 we are going after them with all might, not withstanding whatever new methods they might invent, to ensure we stamp them out and secure our water channels,” he added.
According to him, the Sunset ceremony was one of the oldest traditions observed by the Navy across the globe and afforded naval personnel the opportunity to relate with one another, other security agencies and host the communities to cement the bonds of mutual relationship and peaceful co-existence