By Sunday Bassey
The Flag Officer Commanding (FOC), Eastern Naval Command, Rear Adm. Olusola Oluwagbire, has warned pirates to stay away from Nigerian waterways.
Oluwagbire gave the warning on Thursday during his maiden visit to NNS Jubilee in Ikot Abasi Local Government Area of Akwa Ibom and other units.
“We are coming to smoke sea pirates out of our waterways, we will get them and we will roast them,” the FOC told the naval officers.
He said that he was in Akwa Ibom as part of his maiden inspection of bases and units of the naval command.
Oluwagbire told the commanders to rejig their operations and send out boats to the sea for effective patrol of the waterways.
The FOC called on the public to give useful information to the command in order to apprehend criminal elements in the society.
“There is one aspect of security that most people don’t understand; security is not only the business of security agencies, but everybody’s business.
“If you see something, share with the security agencies so that it can help better the society.
“We are together, we will do it and make the waterways safe and better,” Oluwagbire said.
The FOC inspected troops and facilities at the Forward Operating Base, Ibaka, Mbo LGA, the proposed Naval barracks at Essene, Ikot Abasi LGA, and the Nigerian Navy Military School, Ikot Ntuen.
Oluwagbire also toured the new Girls Model Secondary School at Awa Ubium in Onna LGA and the Utaewa Jetty in Ikot Abasi. (NAN) (www.nannews.ng)
Edited by Benson Ezugwu/Maharazu Ahmed