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Navy chief warns against oil theft, maritime crimes

Navy chief warns against oil theft, maritime crimes

Chief of Naval Staff (CNS), Vice Adm. Emmanuel Ogalla has advised Nigerian Navy officers and ratings against collaborating with criminals to commit oil theft and other marine crimes.

Ogalla issued the warning during the decoration of 29 newly promoted senior officers to the rank of Rear Admiral on Wednesday in Abuja.

He stated that the year 2023 would have highs and lows for the country, requiring the military forces to play important roles in ensuring Nigeria's security and development.

The CNS reminded the commanders that the Nigerian Navy and the country expected them to be more dedicated and loyal to the President and the Constitution in solving the country's numerous security concerns.

“Your ingenuity, resourcefulness and integrity will be required to reposition the Service in the years ahead.

“The Nigerian Navy in collaboration with other security agencies have continuously strived to protect the economic mainstay of the country through various operations to counter oil theft.

“While there are significant achievements, there are still cases of personnel colluding with criminals to undermine our efforts.

“Let me, therefore, warn that any form of collusion with criminals or act of sabotage will be met with stiff sanctions in accordance with the law.

“In essence, as leaders of the Service, you are expected to be above board and ensure that your subordinates key into the zero-tolerance stance of the Nigerian navy to all forms of illegalities and criminalities at sea or ashore, particularly oil theft,” he said.

Ogalla noted that the decoration ceremony struck a deep chord with the Nigerian navy since it presented a unique opportunity to recognise the Federal Government's huge support for the service.

He added that such encouragement had boosted gains in vital sectors such as fleet renewal, infrastructure, and manpower development, all of which had a favourable impact on the nation's marine security.

He expressed gratitude to President Bola Tinubu for his unwavering support, which he said enabled the Nigerian Navy to provide a safe, secure, and stable marine environment for Nigeria's economy.

“I want to use this opportunity to congratulate your families, especially your spouses, for being the pillar of support to enable you to come this far,” he added.

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