Piracy, Other Maritime Illegalities Have Been Drastically Reduced Says Navy

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The Nigerian Navy has said that a dedicated anti-piracy approach adopted by the force has drastically reduced activities of pirates and other illegalities on the Nigerian water ways adding that similar gains had been made in the protection of onshore and offshore oil and gas facilities in the region.

The Chief of Training and Operation of the force, Rear Admiral Adeyinka Osinowo, stated this on Saturday in Abuja while addressing journalist shortly after Naval quarterly route march for personnel.

He said there have been significant synergy and cooperation from other services to the Navy in the ongoing campaign against crime in the area.

“And all these have to a reasonable extent decimated the undesirable spate of attacks that we noticed in the early part of this year, and we have limited attacks within the onshore and of course, attacks on the oil and gas infrastructure offshore.

“As much as we are contending with those in the onshore area, we would also note that recent efforts among the services, have demonstrated the fact that that will not be the case.”

Osinowo said the drastic reduction of the scourge is as a result of a number of concerted efforts ranging from the strategic level to the tactical level involving the Naval personnel and gunboats boats in the creeks as well as offshore.

“We have significant cooperation from all the cooperating agencies” he said.

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