SUNDAY ODE, Abuja
The Chief of Naval Staff, Rear Admiral Ibok-Ete Ekwe Ibas took his turn on Monday to brief President Muhammadu Buhari on the activities of the Nigerian Navy especially on their current security operations in the country.The briefing held behind closed-door in the President’s office at the Aso Rock Presidential Villa, Abuja.
Buhari had last week summoned the Chief of Army Staff, Lieutenant General Tukur Buratai, the Chief of Air Staff, Air Marshal Sadique Abubakar and the Inspector General of Police, Ibrahim Abubakar.
Speaking with State House Correspondents, the Naval Chief stated that the brief to the President in routine to update him on the security situation in the maaritine environment.
Specifically, he said the Naval operation in the Gulf of Guinea was being taken seriously, adding that the activities of pirates had been reduced drasticallym
He said: “It is a routine that we brief the Commander-in-Chief from time to time. This was a Special brief to update him on the state of security situation in the maritime environment where my operation takes place.
“We are glad that the security situation in the maritime environment has remained favourable to allow legitimate economic activities to take place.
“I also hinted him on the ongoing exercise that the Navy is conducting with other partners within the region and other international partners. It is aimed at building capacity and intelligence sharing.
“The Nigeria’s new maritime strategy sees our activities going just beyond maritime environment. We have been part of the various joint task forces including the Lafiya Dole.
“The President approved the establishment of an operational base for the Navy in the Lake Chad area basically to help provide security there.
“Lake Chad is a strategic location that provides the transportation means for four nations. The Nigeria Navy’s presence there is to help in consolidating on the security of gnat area and facilitate economic activities to pick up.
“The presence of the Navy there will help to hasten the development efforts of the community.
“On piracy, the assertion about the Gulf of Guinea being the most notorious water in this part of the world has been taken seriously.
“In the last one year, we have in place a dedicated task force there to address this challenge.
“The good news is that we have been there wherever they are and we have been able to challenge them. Incidences have reduced drastically and we intend to continue to dominate these areas. A lot is being done by the Navy to contain the menace of pirates”.
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