Navy Vows To Stamp Out Violent Crimes Within Niger Delta Waterways

Naval Chief


The Nigerian Navy has vowed not spare anyone caught engaging in criminal activities within the Niger Delta waterways.

Making the vow Wednesday, during an inspection tour of the facilities under the Nigerian Navy Ship (NNS) Delta in Warri, the Flag Officer Commanding (FOC), Central Naval Command, Rear Admiral Saidu Garba, also also promised to eradicate crude oil theft and illegal oil refining in the area.

Garba, who was taken round the facilities by the Commander of the NNS Delta, Commodore Ibrahim Dewu, noted that society would always have it’s share of bad eggs, but advised those engaging in illegal and criminal activities within the Delta rivers to turn a new leave and seek other legal and peaceful means of livelihood.

He warned that anyone nabbed in criminality in the waterways would be made to face the law.

“We are advising them to engage in productive ventures that will enable them make clean money that will allow them live peacefully because these criminals are unable to enjoy whatever illicit gains they make through criminality because they still have to be living in hiding. They should come out, engage in productive and legal ventures because anyone we catch breaking the law will certainly face the law,” he warned.

Giving reasons why incidences of oil theft and illegal oil refining had reduced in the Central Naval Command’s area of responsibility, Garba said three major security strategies had been useful in containing the area.

“As you know, crude oil theft and other such criminal activities have reduced as a result of a number of measures put in place, one of which is the permanent operation at sea, which is called Operation Tsare-Teku. Tsare-Teku maintains a number of vessels at sea at all times.

“The second one is the Swamp bogey operation, whereby we go around demolishing all illegal infrastructure that have been put in place for illegal oil production. The third one is the choke-point regime, in which we have our house boats at strategic points within the inner waterways, which are the backwaters, ensuring there are no illegal movement of any kind of illegally produced products in that general area.

“We’ve been able to sustain these three and with them we have been able to curtail flow of illicit oil activities in our are of responsibility.”