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Navy raises alarm over maritime security

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The Nigerian Navy has raised the alarm over the security of the nation’s maritime environment.

The Chief of Naval Staff, Vice Admiral Ibok Ekwe Ibas, spoke at the Navy Headquarters in Abuja yesterday during the decoration of the coordinator of the Counter Terrorism Centre, Office of the National Security Adviser, Rear Admiral YEM Musa.

Also promoted was the Principal General Staff Officer in the Office of the NSA, Brigadier-General Adeyinka Tadese Famadewa, to the rank of Major-General.

“Our maritime environment is not getting any safer, especially with the upcoming socio-political activities that are taking off,” the Naval chief said.

The National Security Adviser, Babagana Monguno, described the current maritime challenges in the country as enormous.

The NSA assured that his office would continue to protect the integrity of the Nigerian Navy and enhance its capability.

“One of the reasons insisted on having the Gulf of Guinea Summit in Abuja was because we really pressed for Nigeria to take over the chairmanship of the Gulf of Guinea being the only blue water Navy in the whole of the Gulf of Guinea and knowing full well the antecedents of the Nigerian Navy and so many situations. I just thought that it would also be an added platform for the Nigerian Navy to show what it can do,” Monguno said.

Musa thanked President Muhammadu Buhari for promoting him, the NSA for his exemplary leadership and the Chief of Naval Staff for his “committed leadership”.

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