Navy partners with Police to strengthen maritime security

David Adekunle, Lagos

The Nigerian Navy and the Police Force are collaborating to provide adequate security to the nation’s maritime domain, with strategic asset and vast resources.

In a bid to strengthen surveillance and capacity to protecting the waterways in Lagos State, the Navy, continues with their 12 week training programme with about 40 police officials on basic marine operations.

The training is aimed at Combating threats such as piracy, pipeline vandalism, unregulated fishing, terrorism and other marine related crimes.

The Flag Officer Commanding the Naval Training Command, Rear Admiral Adeniyi Osinowo, said that the training would help the police.

According to him, the event we are witnessing today is the demonstration of the collaboration between the leadership of the Nigerian Navy and the Nigerian Police Force to improve the proficiency of our personnel in maritime operations and in simplified term, the concept of the basic.

“Maritime operation course is designed for marine and riverine operations for personnel of the Nigerian Police Force,” he said.

Responding, Deputy Commissioner of Police, who represented the AIG Marine Police, Ahmed Iliyasu, thanked the Nigerian Navy for the attempt to incorporate the police in the fight against maritime crime.

“I thank the Naval Command for arranging the platform for our officers and men.

“We are always ready at any beck and call to come forward and collaborate with the navy and carry out our security duties for the safety and security of our people and the provision of the Constitution of this country (Nigeria) which has given us the powers and rights to perform as security officers,” he said.