Central naval base flags off operation Doubeni ll
Flag Officer Commanding Central Naval Command, Rear Admiral Saidu Garba has flagged off maritime Operation, code-named operation Doubeni II at NPA Jetty, Warri.
The Operation which was launched from the Nigerian Port Authority Jetty, Warri at the weekend is aimed at conducting evolutions to curb criminal maritime activities within the central naval command area of responsibility, to ensure crime-free for economic activities and enhanced national development.
Flagging off the Operation, Rear Admiral Saidu Garba stated that the Operation was to consolidate on the impressive achievements recorded by the Nigerian navy during the conduct of Operation CALM WATERS to deter planned agitations within and around Nigerians maritime environment.
In his word ” operation calm waters has to a large extent contributed to the reduction in reported incidents of sea robbery, piracy, illegal bunkering, smuggling, illegal refinery and other maritime crimes within Nigerian waters’.
“within the period of the Operation, we have recorded a total of 27,918 hours of sea patrol which resulted in the arrest of 31 vessels and 357 persons suspected to be engaged in maritime illegalities”
The Nigeria navy bases cumulatively neutralized a total of 186 illegal refineries with 2,036 metal tanks and ovens, seizing a total of 23,102,900 liters of illegally sourced products”.
Rear Admiral Garba maintain that the efforts made by the navy and other security agencies at tackling the numerous security challenges preva....