Chief of Naval Staff, Vice Admiral Ibok-Ete Ibas has directed all naval commands to ensure that all recently arrested vessels must be processed and handed over to appropriate prosecuting agencies, not later than 15 December 2019.
Addressing Principal Staff Officers, Flag Officers Commanding and commanders of autonomous naval commands, Vice Admiral Ibas directed the units to work closely with zonal offices of prosecuting agencies and inform the Naval Headquarters of the handing over process.
The Naval Chief commended the senior commanders for the efforts being made to ensure that the nation’s maritime environment is safe, recalling the numerous operations and exercises conducted so far.
Vice Admiral Ibas charged the Commanders to ensure that activities of criminals are curtailed and efforts are intensified by the Nigerian Navy to firmly control the maritime environment.
Ibas added that the proposed MOU between Nigeria, Togo, Republic of Benin and Niger Republic would facilitate joint patrols, towards a safer Gulf of Guinea.