Navy Dislodges 15 Militant Camps, Arrests 17 Suspects

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Governor Udom Emmanuel of Akwa Ibom State


By; PATRICK TITUS, Uyo


The Nigerian Navy, NNS Jubilee renewed efforts at combating criminality in Akwa Ibom State territorial waters has paid off with the destruction of 15 militant camps in the state and some parts of Rivers state between May and January 2021.
Similarly, the command said it has within the period also arrested 17 suspected pirates, as well as seized 285,000 litres of illegally refined AGO and different kinds of ammunitions from them.
The Commander, NNS Jubilee, Commodore Abdulmajid Ibrahim who disclosed these to newsmen on Thursday at the NAVAL Base in Ikot Abasi, Akwa Ibom state said that the militant camps where discovered and destroyed during its anti-piracy and anti-sea robbery operations. 
Ibrahim stated that the destruction of the militants camps was made possible through the Navy’s penetration of some of the 1,800 creeks within the jurisdiction of the base. 
He revealed that the joint patrol operations of the Navy and Nigerian Police have resulted in relative peace and security in Akwa Ibom and brought illegal bunkering and trade on the water ways to a barest minimum.
“Within six months as Commander of the Base, we have destroyed 15 militant camps, arrested 17 suspects during our operations and recovered 285,000 litres of AGO and ammunition from them, and have handed over the suspects and items to the prosecuting agencies. 
“We do the work of the Police and involve in joint patrol everyday with them. This has led to relative security and peace in the area, and brought illegal bunkering to the barest minimum. 
“Our strategy is continuous aggressive patrol. We try to dominate the water space and maritime environment. Within the last six months, there has been no attack on the NNS infrastructural base.
“We have maintained a good civil-military relationship with our host community, through our Corporate Social Responsibility. We carry out free medical consultations and give out drugs within our capacity in our medical rhapsody outreach programme,” he stated.
The Commander attributed the success of their operations to Intelligence information gathered from members of the public and called for more support in that regard. 
He assured that the sources of such information would remain confidential and protected, adding that to effectively deal with piracy and sea robbery, members of the public must volunteer credible information to the Navy.
He said the perpetrators of illegal maritime activities live within the communities and are known to the people, as such the volunteer of intelligence report was very necessary.

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