The Chief of Naval Staff, Vice Admiral Awwal Gambo, stated on Thursday that some members of the Nigerian Navy are conspiring with criminals to perpetrate crimes on the country’s waterways. ayokinews.com reports
He cautioned that anyone caught will be prosecuted to the full extent of the law.
Gambo made this known while speaking at the Naval Headquarters in Abuja during the decoration of newly promoted Rear Admirals.
“While there are significant achievements in the various maritime crimes, there are pockets of personnel still colluding with criminals to sabotage these efforts.”
“Let me therefore warn that any act of collusion with criminals to sabotage the measures in place to checkmate illegality will be met with stiff actions in accordance with the laws of the land.”
General Lucky Irabor, the Chief of Defence Staff, projected that the military would face more challenges in 2022.
He stated that, while 2021 will be difficult, the next year would be even more difficult.
He did, however, express confidence in the Nigerian Armed Forces’ to overcome the obstacles posed against the country.
“The year 2021 was challenging, the coming year would be more challenging; challenging in various aspects.”
“It is going to get tougher, not only in Nigeria, but across the world and of course our confidence is that we have corps of officers of the armed forces that would meet the demand of these challenges in 2022. Your promotion testifies to the fact that we need robust officers.”
“As personnel of the Nigerian Navy, you occupy the centre stage of our economy. You must ensure that our economy is not brought to the lowest ebb. Our maritime domain must be kept of all manners of insecurity.”
Meanwhile, at a ceremony honoring newly promoted officers in the Nigerian Army, Minister of Defense Major General Bashir Magashi (retd.) urged the officers to restore normalcy in the country by implementing innovative methods in the course of their duties.
He also appealed for everyone’s help in ensuring Nigeria’s security concerns are overcome.
Major General Faruk Yahaya, the Chief of Army Staff, advised newly promoted Major Generals to be merciless in their fight against bandits, terrorists, and other violent groups operating in the country.