The Nigerian Navy on Tuesday confidently assured the populace that there will soon be a total cleanup of piracy and hostages on the country’s marine.
This assurance erupted from the success record of an organ of the force, Operation ‘Tsare Teku’ against the criminals. Tsare Teku was put to task in less than three months and has been able to drastically reduce the unlawful activities.
The Director of Information, Naval Headquarters, Commodore Christian Ezekobe, who disclosed this during a familiarisation visit to News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) headquarters in Abuja, said the operation had reduced piracy and hostage taking in the country’s waterways close to zero percent.
Ezekobe said that there were two incidences of piracy within the first 90 days which showed that there would be a zero incidence report in the next 90 days.
He said that all Naval commands had a mandate to put at least one platform to sea each day, aside the ongoing operation Tsare Teku.
He said that the initiative had tremendously increased the presence of the Navy in the country’s waters.
The spokesman said that there were Special Forces engaged in the fight against insurgents in the North-East that carried out specific missions.
“We also have Special Forces, just like the US SEAL, engaged in the North-East, they carry out specific missions and get out,” he said.
He said that the Navy was putting house boats in the various junctions of the creeks and rivers to check activities of miscreants, illegal bunkers and crude oil thieves.
“We also have challenges with kidnapping and hostage taking from vessels that ply our waters which resulted in us initiating operation Tsare Teko which ran for 90 days,” he said.
He said that he was not happy whenever he read in the international media that the gulf of guinea was not safe.
The managing director expressed satisfaction with the existing inter-agency collaboration in the country.