Monday, 14 December 2015

Navy gears up to Yuletide, intensifies patrol

The Eastern Naval Command said on Saturday it had increased patrol on the waterways within its maritime domain to curb activities of pirates and oil thieves during and after the Yuletide celebration.

The Flag Officer Commanding, Eastern Naval Command, Rear Admiral Atiku Abdulkadir, stated this at the parade ground of the Nigerian Navy Ship Victory in Calabar, Cross River State shortly after he led officers and men of the command on the last quarter road match for the year.
At least, 400 naval personnel took part in the 10-kilometre road match, which took them through major streets in Calabar.
Abdulkadir, who was represented by Commodore Henry Ekpa, said the command was poised to stop pirates’ activities.
He, however, noted it was not possible to have a zero per cent crime rate, adding that criminals had developed the skills of finding out ways of beating security.
The FOC assured that maximum efforts would be made to curb any form of criminality.
He said, “We are putting up maximum efforts to curb criminalities. We have recently doubled our patrol on the waterways to achieve this. We want to ensure that this season and beyond, we do not want pirates to operate in our domain.
“But note that the society cannot be devoid of crime. Somehow, one form of crime or the other must take place. Instead of thinking of how to develop the society, criminals are investing and thinking deep on how to commit crime.”
Speaking on the road match, the Commander of NNS Victory, Commodore Marcus Bombai, said the quarterly exercise was meant to ensure physical fitness of officers and ratings of the command.
While noting that just a quarter exercise was not enough to maintain the fitness, Bombai charged his colleagues to partake in all other exercises organised at the command and unit levels.
“Apart from the group exercise, you should on your own endeavour to do it privately. The road match is done quarterly to ensure that we keep fit, but this is not enough. The idea is that at all times, any officer called to carry out specific task should be ready to do it without hindrances,” he said.
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