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The Nigerian Navy at the weekend in Calabar flagged off “Operation Bekan Mmon two” in order to keep the Calabar waterways (maritime environment) peaceful and safe from criminal activities which may include sea robbery, oil bunkering, hostage taking and others for economic prosperity of the country.
Speaking at the navy jetty, Headquarters of Eastern Naval Command Nigerian Navy Calabar during the flag off ceremony of “Operation ‘Bekan Mmon two” (come to the water), Rear Admiral David Adeniran, stated that with launching of the operation, crimes occurring along the maritime environment would become a thing of the past as the navy personnel drafted for the operation are going to ensure that every criminal element troubling people who travel through the waterways would become a thing of the past.
He said that with logistics like NNS Shiroro and NNS Gongola which sailed from FOB Bonny and landed in Calabar at NNS Victory to enable them sustained the operation, navy will do every thing humanly possible to ensure that those behind criminality of any form along the Calabar maritime environment are squarely dealt with.
The FOC solicited support from communities around the maritime domain to assist the navy achieved it desire goal why the operation was launched.
Adeniran said, “I call on the communities within the Eastern Naval Command ENC AOR to continue to support the navy towards ensuring a secured and peaceful maritime environment.
“I also encourage those engaged in illegal activities in the maritime environment to desist forthwith instead join us in ensuring a secured maritime environment for economic prosperity of our dear nation Nigeria”.
Adeniran enumerated the giant stride recorded by the navy some times ago when it launched the earlier operation which was tagged as Operation Bekan Mmon One to include, arrest of over 540 suspects, destruction of 200 illegal refinery sites, neutralization of 11,000 MT of stolen crude oil and 15,000 MT of illegally refined AGO as well as seizure of 25,000 x 50kgs of smuggled parboiled rice.
The FOC maintained that considering the visibility of operational successes of operation Bekan Mmon 1, in the reduction of maritime criminality in Nigeria’s maritime environment, there was need to consolidate on those achievements.
Adeniran who thanked the Chief of Naval Staff Ibok -Ete Ekwe Ibas for providing the command with all necessary logistics need to kick-start the operation, called on participating personnel to form up for the activation ceremony to kick-start Operation Bekan Mmon 2 which is geared towards the prosperity of the nation.