Nigeria to strengthen fight agaisnt oil theft, insurgency


LAGOS, Oct. 13 — Nigeria on Friday said it will deploy 57 new naval officers to join the fight against crude oil theft and sea piracy in the Niger Delta and insurgency in the restive northeast.
The officers would be deployed in several ongoing military operations launched to fight pipeline vandals, sea pirates and illegal bunkers and refiners of crude oil, said Iboke-Ete Ibas, Nigeria’s Chief of the Naval Staff, in southern city of Onne.
The days when activities of naval officers were restricted to the maritime domain alone were long gone, he added.
Ibas told the new officers to see their induction into the armed forces as a call to serve the nation rather than for personal gains.
The navy chief warned the new officers against any association with politicians and political parties before, during and after forthcoming general elections in 2019.
The new inductees received six months naval professional training.
The training covered navigation, seamanship, communication, chart work, general introduction to maritime operations and rules of the road.
Others are contemporary operations, cyber security, parade training, physical training, swimming as well as leadership and management.

Xinhua