By Samuel Oyadongha
Yenagoa—The Chief of Training and Operation, CTOP, Defence Headquarters, Major-General Ebibowei Awala, has commended the operation of the Joint Task Force, JTF, in the Niger Delta codenamed Operation Pulo Shield, in the ongoing efforts to stamp out crude oil theft, illegal bunkering and other criminalities inimical to the growth of the nation’s economy.
Gen. Awala, during a visit to the JTF headquarters in Yenagoa, Bayelsa State said the oil sector remains the nation major source of income and as such must be protected by all means against economic saboteurs.
He commended the Commander of the JTF, Major-General Emmanuel Atewe and troops under his command for their doggedness and determination in carrying out the mandate of the task force professionally.
General Awala also called on troops to be good ambassadors of their units by adhering strictly to the code of conduct of the JTF by carrying out their job in a professional manner.
He said: “You must desist from any act capable of tarnishing and undermining the activities of the task force. Integrity should be your watch word.”
He assured the troops of the support of the Defence Headquarters through the provision of adequate logistics, equipment and welfare of personnel for effective policing of the waterways in the Niger Delta.
Responding, Major-General Atewe thanked General Awala for the visit which he said was a morale booster for the troops.
Maritime Security News Note:
Wait. I’m confused. Is this the same country whose navy said only a week or so ago that they weren’t winning the war against oil thieves in the Niger Delta? And so the confusing messages from Nigeria continue. Yet the same navy is winning the war against pirates? Only in Nigeria. Yes, the two crimes can be entirely unrelated (unless you subscribe to a theory in which the crimes are organised and where pirates are primed with information on their targets ahead of time), but it goes some way to once again illustrate the way that one agency will say one thing, only to be contradicted by another department a few days later.