Naval chief assures of safety on Calabar waterways

By Victor Udoma, Calabar

The Chief of the Naval Staff, Vice Admiral Ibok- Ette Ekwe Ibas, has expressed satisfaction with the security put in place by the force at the Calabar waterways. 

The naval boss who was in Calabar, the Cross River State capital for the annual shore inspection of Naval formations, promised that the Navy will continue to ensure introduce measure to ensure the security of the maritime domain in the country.

Ibas, conducted round by the Flag Officer Commanding of the Eastern Naval Command (FOC), Calabar, Rear Admiral James Oluwole, pointed out that there are over 6000 creeks in the Niger Delta of which they have identified 37 that are navigable that criminal elements use for their activities.

Ibas also said the Navy has a healthy relationship with the civilian populace.

“The relationship with the civilian populace is quite okay. In the past we have had issues with some of our civilian relations and friends. We have tasked to ourselves that everyone of us in a way has a civilian relative or friend.

“If your father is not a civilian then your mother, or brother, sister and so on. Ours is to protect all Nigerians and not to have issues with them and that is what we are preaching as we go around,”

The CNS also dialogued with Officers and ratings of the Command during the inspection.

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