The Nigerian Navy has flagged an operation to tackle maritime criminality like sea robbery, piracy and others in the Niger Delta region.
Chief of Naval Staff Vice Adm. Ibok-Ete Ibas, represented by Chief of Training and Operation, Naval Headquarters Rear Adm. Adeniyi Osinowo, flagged off the operation in Warri.
Nigerian Tribune reports that the operation called tagged “Operation Tsare Teku” was flagged off by the Chief of Naval Staff Vice Admiral Ibok-Ete Ibas in Warri, Delta state on Wednesday, February 8 in readiness of the Navy to rid the waterways of criminal activities.
Vice Admiral Ibas, who was represented by Rear Adm. Adeniyi Osinowo, the chief of training and operation at Naval Headquarters, Abuja, said the operation became necessary because the effects of the activities of illegal refiners were becoming worrisome.
What is really of concern to Navy is that the agitation of some of the militant groups has transmitted in one way of the other detrimental to the image of the nation.
Flag Officer Commanding (FOC), Central Naval Command, Rear Adm. Mohammed Garba, said “Operation Tsare Teku” was aimed at safeguarding the maritime domain.
“Statistics at our disposal shows that there is reduction in occurrences of piracy, sea robbery and other forms of crime in the waterways. “To those who are bent on perpetrating maritime crime, it is no longer a business as usual,” he said.
Meanwhile, Seven Russian citizens and a Ukranian have been reportedly attacked and abducted by pirates in the Gulf of Guinea 45 nautical miles south-west off Brass, Nigeria.
News of the incident was broken by the Russia News Agency TASS which said the general cargo ship, BBC Caribbean, was attacked near Pennington Oil Terminal at the Niger Delta region of Nigeria.