The Nigerian Navy has said that the heavy checking and patrol now being carried out along the coastal borders and waterways of Akwa Ibom and Cross River States were strictly to curtail the activities of sea pirates, oil theft and robbery.
The Flag Officer Commanding (FOC), Eastern Naval Command, Rear Admiral Obiora Medani gave the explanation during his bi-annual inspection at NNS Jubilee in Ikot Abasi local government area of Akwa Ibom State.
Tasking the people of the coastal communities to endure inconveniences that they might experience, Medani said normalcy would soon return to the areas.
He said the Navy will continue to intensify effort by active patrol to reduce sea robbery and other criminal activities on the waterways especially along Oron in Akwa Ibom and Ikang in
Cross River state to the barest minimum.