Navy restates commitment to reduce maritime illegalities

David Adekunle, Lagos

The Nigerian Navy has restated its commitment to reduce maritime illegalities in the country.

The Chief of Training and Operation of the force, Rear Admiral Adeyinka Osinowo said that a dedicated anti-piracy approach adopted by the force has drastically reduced activities of pirates and other illegalities on the nation’s water ways.

Rear Admiral Osinowo stated this in Abuja while addressing journalists shortly after Naval quarterly route march for personnel.

Osinowo who attributed significant synergy and cooperation from other services to the Navy in the ongoing campaign against crime in the area,noted that similar gains had been made in the protection of onshore and offshore of oil and gas facilities in the region.

According to him, “all these have to a reasonable extent decimated the undesirable spate of attacks that we noticed in the early part of this year, and we have limited attacks within the onshore and of course, attacks on the oil and gas infrastructure offshore”.

“As much as we are contending with those in the onshore area, we would also note that recent efforts among the services, have demonstrated the fact that that will not be the case.”

The Naval Officer said the drastic reduction of the scourge is as a result of a number of concerted efforts ranging from the strategic level to the tactical level involving the Naval personnel and gunboats in the creeks as well as offshore.

“We have significant cooperation from all the cooperating agencies” he said.