The Flag Officer Commanding, Eastern Naval Command, Rear Adm. Obiora Medani, ¬†said on Sunday that the Nigerian Navy would sustain security patrol on Calabar-Akwa Ibom water ways to prevent oil theft.
Medani gave the assurance in Calabar during the Nigerian Navy fleet review evacuation exercise.
The exercise was part of the activities to mark the 58th anniversary of the Nigerian Navy.
Medani said there was an improvement by men of the Nigerian Navy in providing security on Calabar-Akwa Ibom water ways.
“The present Chief of Naval Staff, Vice Adm. Usman Jibrin, has said that oil theft would no longer be business as usual.
“This is because he has put in a lot of resources in place to ensure that our water ways are free from criminals.
“The Chief of Naval Staff leadership has brought a lot of changes; and that is why you can see that everywhere is calm and peaceful,‚Äô‚Äô he said.
He described the exercise as a success, saying that there was no breakdown of any ship during the process.
“The exercise has gone very well, 10 ships and two helicopters participated, and we don‚Äôt have any breakdown.
“The gun-ray exercise, anti-piracy operation and helicopter operation, among others, have gone very well,‚Äô‚Äô he said.
He assured the maritime sector that the Nigerian Navy would continue to provide adequate security.