Navy, Police to fight piracy in Calabar waters

By Eme Offiong, Calabar

Rear Admiral Victor Adedipe

The Eastern Naval Command says it is partnering with the Nigerian police and other para-military agencies within its operational base, to end sea robbery along the Calabar channels.

Rear Admiral Victor Adedipe, the Flag Officer Commanding,  FOC, Eastern Naval Command, made the call while addressing some personnel of the navy, police, army and other para-military agencies at the maiden edition of the Nigeria Armed Forces Quarterly Route March in Calabar, Cross River State, southern Nigeria.

Rear Admiral Adedipe, represented by the Commander, Nigeria Navy Ship, NNS Victory, Commodore Salihu Jibrin, emphasized the importance of collaboration in the fight against vices that threaten national peace and unity.

Adedipe stated: “We are assuring the people of our commitment to protect lives and property. We are all determined that peace loving citizens sleep, move and do business easy and freely. That is why we are joining operations with other security agencies.

“As we strive to serve our people, we strongly appeal to the public to help us with information that will lead to the arrest of criminals. Call our help lines whenever there is any unusual or suspicious situation”, the FOC noted.

He said: “You can see a conglomeration of all the security agencies in Calabar area that came out this morning to show their commitment to national security.”

The FOC who spoke on the theme:Together, we are in our service to motherland, said that the exercise was for social integration; to foster the peace and working relations of security forces in the state.

Adedipe added that the route march would be held quarterly to create a harmonious working relationship among the different security agencies and consequently for the safety of lives and property.