Nigerian Navy on Friday restated its commitment to fight sea pirates and other criminal violence in Akwa Ibom waterways.
The Commander of NNS Jubilee, Commodore David Adeniran, stated this while interacting with newsmen in Ikot Abasi Local Government Area of Akwa Ibom, saying the Navy would ensure effective policing on the waterways.
Adeniran also promised that the Navy would put an end to the incessant piracy and continue to sustain their presence on the waterways in the state.
He said the Navy was recently involved in serious gun battle with some sea pirates at Mbo, adding, however, that no life was lost in the battle.
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Essentially, then, the Navy has confirmed it’ll do its job… Excellent news. Additionally and not reported in this article, Commodore Adeniran announced that the Navy had arrested one of the alleged ‘kingpins’ of oil theft in Akwa Ibom State. Although the man isn’t being named, he will be handed over to the Nigerian Security & Civil Defence Corps for investigation. And this is where the problems arise. Sometimes suspects seem to be handed over to NIMASA for prosecution. Sometimes other agencies. What Nigeria needs is a clear, legislative chain of command where suspects are handed to one single agency which then prosecutes them. A simplified system with a clear aim: ending piracy and oil theft in the country. Surely that’s what everyone wants to see?