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Navy Declares Zero Tolerance for Militant Activities in the Niger Delta

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Nigerian Navy BellaNaijaThe Central Naval Command (CNC) of the Nigerian Navy on Thursday reiterated its resolve to deal with the resurgence of militancy in the Niger Delta region.

Rear Admiral Mohammed Garba, Flag Officer Commanding, CNC, said on assumption of command in Yenagoa that the navy had acquired the capacity to flush out recent resurgence of pockets of militant activities.

Garba said that the CNC, under his leadership, would pursue a zero tolerance stance against oil theft, pipeline vandalism and illegal oil bunkering in line with the strategic directive of the Chief of Naval Staff.

“I wish to emphasise that there will be no hiding place for oil thieves as the command has intensified patrol of her area of responsibility with recent delivery of more platforms by the Nigerian Navy.

With the recent resurgence of pockets of militant activities, I wish to specifically call on these groups of people to desist from criminal activities capable of entrenching security breach in the Niger Delta.

They have no constituency; well meaning and law abiding Nigerians will not want to associate with the militants.

I, therefore, urge these criminal gangs to revert to legitimate business or face the wrath of the law,” said Garba.

The Flag Officer Commanding also appealed to the public to report suspicious activities to security agencies in a timely manner for swift response to curb criminalities in the Niger Delta region.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that Garba summoned a meeting with Unit Commanders of various components of the CNC shortly after assuming duties.

He said the meeting was to assess the current performance of the command along with the expectations from the men and officers.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) was established by the Federal Government of Nigeria in May 1976 to gather and distribute news on Nigeria and cover events of interest to Nigeria at the international level for the benefit of the Nigerian Media and the Public.

2 Comments

  1. Di

    May 12, 2016 at 10:49 pm

    I remember discussing this Niger Delta oil saga with an uncle few weeks ago, I thought it was unfair that Hausas and Yorubas own almost the entire oil blocks in their lands. My uncle scolded at me that I need to go back to Nigeria and learn my history. He insists that the Niger Delta birthed their own problem. They turned against Igbos and brought the enemies into their beds during the civil war, but who is to say the Igbos wont have backstabbed them. Many of them were murdered during the war and those oil blocks becomes war scores during the military era. There were no public bidding for them and no banks were duffing out millions of dollars loan to mere military soilders, they were entirely free! That’s terrible!
    The past is the past, lets concentrate on making a change. Dialogue first, but am sure they’ve tried that, seriously, how can you convience a robber who is enjoying your wealth to release it with just mere words?? This current option is dumb and unstrategized! How do they intend to carry out this activities without losing? You plan a war, you just dont run into a battle field screaming in anger, you strategize! I feel bad for them, Nigeria is just a bedrock of corruption and with Hausas holding major military positions. Strategize so you can live to fight for your children’s tomorrow.

    • tito

      May 13, 2016 at 10:05 am

      @ Di, you are right. The Niger Delta owed it to themselves to educate their own people on the issues of crude oil. Instead what happened was that due to greed and the lack of knowledge we allowed outsiders to come in, into our beds. Now look at the state of the region. So rich in oil, yet lacking basic social amenities and to even go into the health issues my people face due to environmental degradation. your points were valid

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