Nigerian government urged to boost maritime security

Authority of the Nigerian Navy on Thursday called on the central government to provide more platforms to help it tackle insecurity in its maritime domain.


The Navy needed more platforms to help checkmate burgeoning influx of piracy, sea robbery and other forms of illegality along the waterways, James Oluwole, the Flag Officer Commanding (FOC) Eastern Naval Command of the Nigerian Navy told reporters.

“From what we are seeing, the challenges are enormous. We need more boats and ships to help us to tackle the different layers of defense,” he said.

“The backwaters require different assets; the territorial waters also require different assets like the offshore patrol vehicles,” he added.

According to him, more allocation to the Navy would help the command to improve on its operational strategy in order to improve the policing of the waterways. Enditem

Source: Xinhua/

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