Insecurity: Nigerian Navy To Acquire Helicopters, Warships

Insecurity Nigerian Navy to acquire helicopters, warships
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The Nigerian Navy has opened up on its plans to acquire helicopters and warships in its bid to patrol and secure the Nigerian Maritime environment, especially in the Niger Delta region as the insecurity in the country continues to intensify.

The Flag Officer Commanding (FOC), Central Naval Command, Rear Admiral Obinwanne Egbuchulam who made this disclosure during the 7th annual lecture of the Federated Correspondents Chapel of the Nigeria Union of Journalists, Bayelsa Council, said the Nigerian Navy is determined to stamp out criminality from Nigeria’s maritime domain.

Speaking on the theme: ‘Maritime Security: Implications for Nigeria’s Oil and Gas Industry’ Egbuchulam stated that in 2020, the Nigerian Navy foiled 44 vessel attacks by pirates, arrested 487 oil thieves, destroyed 168 illegal refineries, and seized 393 wooden boats.

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He pointed out that although the incidences of sea-piracy, crude oil theft, and other violent crimes led to a 20 percent loss in the nation’s oil revenue in 2020, the adoption of technology by the Nigerian Navy and use of trained manpower coupled with collaboration with the international community has helped in tackling criminal activities in the maritime sector.

The FOC who was represented by the Commander Nigeria Navy Ship, NNS Soroh, Commodore Patrick Effah explained that to ensure the maritime domain including the Gulf of Guinea is secure for business activities, the Navy has step up its maritime activities with 24 operations in 2021 to repel criminal activities.

According to him the acquisition of warships, helicopters, and other equipments has drastically reduced the incidence of sea-robbery and crude oil theft which has enthroned stability in the maritime environment.

He noted that adequate attention is being paid to the maritime environment because of the fact that the oil and gas industry which is the main revenue earner of the country relies on the security of the maritime environment.

 

AFRICA DAILY NEWS, NEW YORK

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