Navy vows to ‘deal with criminals’ in creeks

The Central Naval Command (CNC) has said it will deal decisively with militants in the creeks.

CNC’s Flag Officer Commanding (FOC) Rear Admiral Apochi Suleiman spoke yesterday during an inspection of facilities and platforms under the Nigerian Navy Ship (NNS) Delta, in Warri, Delta State.

The FOC said the command had zero tolerance for oil theft.

Suleiman, who was conducted round the facilities at the Warri Naval base, the platforms at the Nigerian Ports Authority’s (NPA’s) jetty and other facilities in Warri area by NNS Delta’s commander, Commodore Aliyu Sule, said his visit was meant to acquaint himself with his new assignment.

Security sources hinted that intelligence reports indicated that ex-militants in the Niger Delta might be regrouping and amassing arms and ammunition.

But addressing reporters during the inspection of facilities, Suleiman warned those thinking of taking up arms against the state to jettison the thought or face dire consequences.

He said: “It will be very unfortunate if the ex-militants are regrouping. They had a channel through which the amnesty was granted; this is expected to terminate by September. There is a Special Adviser on Amnesty. I expect that they should go through that process to air anything bothering them.”


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