BY EUGENE AGHA
Lagos ‚Äî The Nigerian Navy has mobilised more patrol ships in search of the two Americans kidnapped by pirates last week in a move also aimed at checking theft of crude oil and pipeline vandalism in the country’s waterways.
Flag Officer Commanding Naval Training Command (NAVTRAC) Rear Admiral Azubuike Ajuonu made this disclosure at a ceremony held weekend to mark the end of the second bi-annual inspection exercise at the command.
He said: “The role of the Nigerian Navy in contemporary Nigeria has gradually shifted from the traditional deep sea patrols to brown water operations within the creeks. Equally, we have also been called upon to participate in internal security operations in parts of the country with security challenges. We are all aware of the security challenges facing the country particularly the illegalities within our maritime environment and these challenges demand high state of discipline, loyalty and professionalism. As trainers, we must be seen to be on top of these values. Hence, we must not relent in our strides towards producing a pool of well-trained and highly proficient personnel.”
Ajuonu urged naval personnel to subordinate themselves to constituted civil authorities, adding that in democracy, the service should strive to stir the course of honour, selfless service and dedication.