Vice Admiral Awwal Zubairu Gambo

Improving relations between the Nigerian Navy and the Nigerian Police for maritime security
By Kabir Abdul Salam

The task of protecting Nigeria’s territorial waterways falls squarely on the shoulders of the country’s Navy, which has largely distinguished itself for its courage, patriotism and sacrifice in ensuring maritime safety while improving the nation’s fortunes from the perspective from their strongholds on the nation’s waterways. .

Available records show a notable reduction in crude oil theft and illegal bunkering activities caused by the increased presence of naval assets at sea.

In October this year, operatives from the Nigerian Navy and Tantita Security Services, a company operated by Head of Government Ekpemupolo (aka Tompolo) set fire to an arrested illegal oil supply ship with stolen crude oil on board in the area of Delta state slaves.

At the time of the arrest, there were said to be between 600 and 650 cubic meters of illegally extracted crude oil in five compartments on board the vessel with registration number L85 B9.50.

With their “Onward Together”, the Nigerian Navy and the Nigerian Police Force have been collaborating in the implementation and enhancement of the country’s security architecture to bolster the safety of life and property in the country.

Consequently, many reports have shown how the Nigerian Navy has been working assiduously to strengthen policing, build capacity and train police officers in basic marine operations to combat threats such as piracy, pipeline vandalism, unregulated fishing , terrorism and other crimes related to the sea.

Without stopping, the two agencies have also collaborated to share intelligence and cooperate in policing coastal areas to stop the entry of small arms/light weapons, robberies at sea, kidnappings, child trafficking and cultism, among others.

Recently, the Inspector General of Police, Usman Baba, together with the Chief of the Naval Staff, Vice Admiral Awwal Gambo, at the Police Marine Office, Lagos, inaugurated five newly acquired gunboats for the Nigerian Police for patrols and response to emergencies on inland waterways. .

The Police chief emphasized the importance of dedicated synergy to successfully eradicate crime and criminality in the country.

For his part, the Chief of the Naval Staff, Vice Admiral AwwL Zubairu Gambo, praised the Inspector General of Police for his special focus on procuring operational hardware for the Nigerian Police Force.

He said it is a worthy legacy that will effectively enhance the operational capability and capability of the Nigerian Police.

The CNS further assured the IGP and the Police family of the support of the Navy in all areas, especially in the security of the inland waterways in Nigeria and the adequate protection of the lives and property of Nigerians.

Kabir Abdulsalam writes from Abuja.

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