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Wednesday, November 15, 2023

Provide Credible information That Will Help Curb Criminality: Navy


 Commondore Olushina Ojebode, the Commander Nigerian Navy Ship (NNS) SOROH, has  appealed to the general public especially the riverine communities  in the Niger Delta to  continue  providing credible information that will lead to the arrest of sea robbers, crude oil thieves and other maritime criminals.

Speaking on Wednesday  at  the Naval Base during a press briefing, the commander warned those that are indulging in illegality to desist from them, and look for legitimate business  disclosing that if they are caught, the law will take it's due cause on them. 

He said as a result of his resolve 

 to  rid lits Area of Operation of illegal weapons before, during and after the off cycle gubernatorial election in Bayelsa, had raided a suspected sea robbers hideout in Southern Ijaw, during election.

The Commander said acting on credible information,  he swiftly deployed her anti-sea robbery patrol team from one of its Naval Security Station (NSS 030) which is at Foropa Community in Southern Ijaw Local Government Area.

Ojebode, further noted that NNS SOROH has sustained operations and aggressive patrols geared towards curbing the menace of Sea Robbery and piracy as well as Crude Oil Theft (COT) within Nigeria’s maritime environment, in an effort to rid its Area of Operation of criminality, illegalities and illegally possessed weapons.

He said the Base has maintained presence at sea and the deployment of surveillance infrastructure to monitor activities within its waters, thus maintaining the sanctity of Nigeria’s Maritime domain.

"The efforts of NNS SOROH, their resilience and dedication to duty led to the success of the raid operation. 

He assured Nigerians of the unwavering commitment of the Nigerian Navy under the leadership of the Chief of Naval Staff to provide adequate security within Bayelsa maritime space an in Nigeria by extension in line with the services mandate.

He said, "Accordingly, on sighting the Nigerian Navy Patrol team gunboats, the suspected sea robbers fled into the bushes.

"During the raid in Southern Ijaw, NNS SOROH special anti-sea robbery team further cordoned and searched the area and recovered, one general purpose machine gun (GPMG) with 100 links, 2 x AK 47 rifles, one locally made long gun, 2 x Tavor magazines, 11 rounds of 7.62 (NATO), 2 x Cartridge rounds of pump action gun. 

"Additionally, other recovered items include 2 x 200HP Yamaha Engine, 5 x Baofeng Radio, Small Techno Android phone, one GPS phone and 3x small techno phone as well as assorted camouflage uniforms. 

"The camp was subsequently deactivated to deny the criminals any shelter within the vicinity.

"Accordingly the Nigerian Navy under the able leadership of the Chief of the Naval Staff, Vice Admiral Emmanuel Ikechukwu Ogalla, will continue to conduct such sting operations to resist and arrest criminals desperate to undermine the democratic process, disrupt public peace or breach the hard earned maritime security.

"The Service will continue to cooperate with stakeholders to achieve a peaceful Maritime environment critical for legitimate business by law abiding citizens towards the national economic development and prosperity.

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