The Nigerian Navy says it will inaugurate an Isolation Centre in Lagos State to support the Federal Government’s fight against COVID-19 pandemic, during its 64th anniversary.
Chief of the Naval Staff (CNS), Vice Adm. Ibok-Ete Ibas, disclosed this during a news conference on Friday in Abuja, to outline activities lined-up to mark the service’s 64th anniversary.
The anniversary activities are scheduled to take place from Monday, May 25, to Monday June 1.
The CNS said that all Ships would be dressed in overalls until the event lasted
Ibas, who was represented by Rear Adm. Ifeola Mohammed, the Chief of Policy and Plans, Naval Headquarters, said that due to the pandemic the celebration would be low-key to reflect the mood of the nation.
“I, therefore, use this opportunity to extend our condolences to all Nigerians that lost their loved ones amidst this pandemic. May their gentle souls Rest in Peace.
“It is pertinent to state that this period will also witness the distribution of palliatives and donation of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE), by the navy.
“In this regard, the naval headquarters and all commands will further engage with designated authorities in host communities for distribution of palliatives and PPE from Thursday May 28, to Friday May 29,” he said.
He further said that a modified and highly restricted Ceremonial Sunset would be held at command levels on June 1, to mark the end of the week-long activities of the anniversary.
Ibas, while giving the operational achievements of the service from 2015 to 2020, noted that the Nigerian navy had within five years conducted and also participated in more than 60 exercises and operations.
The CNS said that 35 major exercises and operations were game changers.
On operational availability of ships, Ibas said the Federal Government had assisted the navy to take delivery of numerous ships.
He said they included recent acquisitions of Offshore Patrol Vessels (OPVs), Seaward Defence Boats, Patrol Craft and Training Ships as well as Helicopter.
Edited By: Chioma Ugboma/Donald Ugwu (NAN)
Navy distributes palliatives to 500 households in Kaduna
The Nigerian Navy School of Armmament Technology, on Monday distributed palliatives to 500 households in Unguwar Ayuba, a community in Kachia Local Government Kaduna State.
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the donation was part of activities marking the 64th anniversary of the Nigerian Navy.
Items distributed included rice, vegetable oil, noodles and beans.
The Commandant of the School, Real Admiral Tanko Pani, said the Navy’s 64th anniversary is being marked at a time the nation is struggling to contain the Coronavirus pandemic.
He noted that the pandemic has impacted negatively on the livelihoods of most Nigerians particularly those whose source of income is largely subsistence.
“The Ungwan Ayuba community is an agrarian community and the major source of income for members of the
community depends on how easily the people are able to access markets for their agricultural produce.
“As part of measures to curb the spread of the virus, the government has issued the stay-at-home order, the use
of nose masks and a ban on religious and social gatherings amongst many others.
“The presence of the virus has caused some form of adjustments to lifestyles which has resulted
to hardships especially for those of you who rely on daily income.
“It is against this backdrop that the Nigerian Navy deemed it fit to ameliorate the plight of the people in the aforementioned category by distributing palliatives to this residents.
He appreciated the community for its immense support to the school over the years.
“On behalf of the Chief of the Naval Staff (CNS), I wish to register my deepest appreciation to residents of Kachia and environs for their support to the Nigerian Navy.
“I appeal to you to continue to collaborate with us in order to collectively tackle the various security challenges in your communities.
“It is our expectation that the distribution of these palliative items will further cement the existing cordial Civil Military Relationship.
“Therefore, I acknowledge the support of the leaders of Ungwan Ayuba community for their incalculable support to the Nigerian Navy over the years,” he added.
Pani urged the residents to adhere strictly to the guidelines issued by the Federal Government on the containment
The Commandant also acknowledged the support of Kaduna state government to the School and the Nigerian Navy in general.
Responding, the ward head of Unguwar Ayuba, Mr Ayuba Bala, appreciated the gesture of the Navy and pledged that the community would continue to support the efforts of security agencies toward sustainable peace and stability in the area.
Navy reaches out to households in Ogun community
The Nigerian Navy through the Naval Training Command (NAVTRAC) on Saturday reached out to another set of 250 households in Ota as part of its 64th anniversary.
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that items contained in the palliatives include rice, beans, vegetable oil, condiments, hand sanitisers, gloves and face masks.
Yusuf accompanied by senior naval officers paid a courtesy visit to the palace of the Olota of Ota Land.
He also proceeded to the palace of the Baale of Idota Titun Land in Otun Ota where the palliatives were presented.
He said that the palliatives was to appreciate one of its host communities which host the Navy School of Music during this pandemic period.
He said that the gesture also represented part of its Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) and to improve the Civil-Military relation.
“The Nigerian Navy traditionally celebrates its Anniversary with fanfare and pageant commencing with the activities at the end of May every year climaxing in the Navy Day on June 1.
“The week-long Anniversary celebration provides an opportunity for showcasing the various achievements of the NN and to demonstrate the Navy’s capabilities.
“Several host communities were selected by the Chief of Naval Staff to appreciate the outstanding cooperation and collaboration given to the NN,” he said.
Yusuf said that the global pandemic made the Navy to modify this anniversary which resulted to giving palliatives communities.
“Consequently some of the active measures to curtail the virus include washing of hands with soap and water, avoiding touching of face, nose or eyes with your hands and maintaining social distance,” he said.
The Acting FOC, however, appreciated the contribution of Olota of Ota and the various Baales for the cordial relationship enjoyed by the Commanding Officer and the staff of the Navy.
Abdulkareem Odunaro, the Onikotun of Otun Ota, who represented the Olota of Ota, Oba Abdulkabir Obalanlege, appreciated the Navy for remembering his community.
NAN reports that the Western Naval Command had also reached out to two host communities of Imoore and Alayabiagba in Lagos state.
Edited By: Ismail Abdulaziz (NAN)
COVID-19: Navy gives palliative to another host Lagos community
The Nigerian Navy (NN) has given palliative to another set of 340 households in Alayabiagba community in Ajeromi/Ifelodun Local Government Area in Lagos state in commemoration of its 64th anniversary.
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the items include rice, beans, vegetable oil, condiments and face masks.
He said that the Navy was a responsible and responsive organisation that puts its host host communities into consideration.
“Navy is a responsible and responsive organisation that takes into consideration the partnership of the host communities especially the general populace in carrying out our activities.
“We have a role to impact in their lives and they also have a responsibility to assist us in our operations.
He said that all the Commands were also reaching out to other host communities, saying that Western Naval Command had reached out to two host communities.
“Actually, the activities are running concurrently in other Commands, Eastern, Central and other bases and the centre at Abuja, in Lagos.
“Yesterday we were at Ijegun/Amuwo community; Navy Town barracks and we had the same food items and we are here today in this community,” he said.
Yayah Adeshina-Ojora, the Baale of the community, commended the Navy for reaching out to his community.
“We thank God for the Nigerian Navy for what they are doing for our people because this is another Navy Town. We appreciate what they are doing.
“This particular one is special because the NN came in another way, the other time, it was with free medical assistance.
NAN reports that the 690 households received the palliative
The week long activities which began on May 22 will end on June 1.
Edited By: Angela Okisor/Ismail Abdulaziz (NAN)
Navy appoints 110 senior officers
The Chief of Naval Staff, Vice Adm. Ibok-Ete Ibas, has approved new appointments of some senior officers in the Nigerian Navy.
The Navy Director of Information, Commodore Suleman Dahun, made this known in a statement on Thursday in Abuja.
He said the major reshufflement affected 110 senior officers, consisting of 33 Rear Admirals and 77 Commodores.
Dahun said the new Chief of Policy and Plans Naval Headquarters is Rear Adm. Ifeola Mohammed.
He said Rear Adm. Obi Ofodile, formerly Director of Plans, Defence Headquarters, has been reappointed to Defence Headquarters as Chief of Defence Administration.
“While Rear Adm. Matthew Emuekpere, formerly Deputy Commandant, Armed Forces Command and Staff College, Jaji, moves to Naval Headquarters as Chief of Naval Transformation.
“Rear Adm. Ahamefule Eluwa, who was a Directing Staff at National Institute for Policy and Strategic Studies (NIPSS), Kuru-Jos, resumes as Admiral Superintendent, Naval Doctrine and Assessment Centre,” he said.
Dahun said the re-organisation also affected Rear Adm. Segun Adebari, who has been posted to Defence Headquarters as Director of Plans from Nigerian Navy Holdings Limited.
He said Rear Adm. Abubakar Al-Hassan, formerly Director of Development, Defence Headquarters, has been appointed as Admiral Superintendent, Naval Ordnance Depot, while Rear Adm. Francis Isaac is the new Navy Secretary at Naval Headquarters.
“Also Rear Adm. Abdullahi Adamu, the immediate past Admiral Superintendent, Naval Ordnance Depot, moves to Defence Headquarters as Director of Search and Rescue.
“Rear Adm. Maurice Eno, who was the Admiral Superintendent, Naval Doctrine and Assessment Centre, has been posted to Defence Headquarters as Director of Development.
“Rear Adm. Frederick Ogu, formerly Navy Secretary, Naval Headquarters, is the new Flag Officer, Commanding Naval Training Command,” he said.
Dahun said Surgeon Rear Adm. Lawan Adams is now the new Director, Medical Services of the Nigerian Navy, while Rear Adm. Abraham Adaji, who was the Director of Training, Naval Headquarters, resumes as Group Managing Director of Nigerian Navy Holdings Limited.
He said Rear Adm. Elkanah Jaiyeola, formerly Fleet Commander, Headquarters Western Fleet, has been appointed as Moderator at NIPSS, Kuru, Jos.
“Similarly, Rear Adm. Baribuma Kole, formerly Fleet Commander, Eastern Fleet, is now the Director of Foreign Liaison Desk at Naval Headquarters.
“Rear Adm. Ibikunle Olaiya, the immediate past Director of Operations, Naval Headquarters, is the new Chief of Training and Operations, Naval Headquarters, while Rear Adm. Othaniel Filafa moves to Naval Headquarters as Director of Veteran Affairs,” he said.
He said Rear Adm. Akinga Ayafa has been reappointed Director, Recruitment, Release and Reserve at Naval Headquarters, while Rear Adm. Nuhu Bala resumes at Naval Headquarters as Director of Transformation.
“Rear Adm. Barabutemegha Gbassa, formerly the Chief Staff Officer, Headquarters Logistics Command, has been posted to Defence Headquarters as Director of Project Monitoring.
“Rear Adm. Sileranda Lassa, the immediate past Director of Project Implementation, Monitoring and Evaluation Directorate at Naval Headquarters is the new Flag Officer, Commanding Logistics Command.
“Rear Adm. Danjuma Moses has been appointed as the Fleet Commander, Headquarters Western Fleet, while Rear Adm. Muhammad Nagenu is now the Director, Project Implementation, Monitoring and Evaluation Directorate at Naval Headquarters,” he said.
“Similarly, the new postings moved Rear Adm. Yakubu Wambai from Defence Headquarters to Naval Headquarters as Director of Training,
“While Rear Adm. Emmanuel Beckley has been reappointed Director, Combat Policy and Tactics at Naval Headquarters,” he said.
He said Rear Adm. Perry Onwuzulike resumes as the Fleet Commander, Headquarters Eastern Fleet, while Rear Adm. Murtala Bashir, formerly the Chief Staff Officer, Headquarters Western Naval Command, moves to Naval Headquarters as Director of Operations.
Dahun also said Rear Adm. Tanko Pani is now the Chief Staff Officer, Headquarters Western Naval Command, while Rear Adm. Chukwu Okafor has been reappointed to the Naval Headquarters as the Hydrographer of the Nigerian Navy.
He said the former Commandant, Nigerian Naval College, Onne, Rear Adm. Joseph Akpan, resumes at Naval Headquarters (Naval Safety and Standards) as Director, Records Return and Analysis.
Edited By: Tayo Ikujuni/Muhammad Suleiman Tola (NAN)
Navy distributes palliatives to 350 households in Imoore community in Lagos
As part of the activities to commemorate the 64th anniversary of the Nigerian Navy (NN), the Force on Thursday reached out to 350 households with palliatives in Imoore Community in Lagos.
He said that the gesture was a display of empathy and selfless service by the Navy to the host community as well as the cordial civil-military relationship for peaceful and mutually beneficial co-existence.
“We made provision to reach at least 350 households.
“We have beans, rice, you know that the children love noodles, vegetable oil, condiments, Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) like face masks,’’ he said.
Daji said that Imoore was chosen because of the cordial relationship between the community and the NN.
“We picked this community because this is the host community to Navy Town.
“Navy Town is the largest naval barrack in Nigeria.
“It was this community that gave us the land to establish that barracks even before I was born,’’ he said.
Edited By: Abdulfatah Babatunde (NAN)
Navy hands over 42 suspected cultists to C/River Gov’t
The Nigerian Navy Victory Ship (NNVS) has handed over 42 suspected cultists to the Cross River Government for onward investigation and prosecution.
Briefing newsmen on Tuesday in Calabar, the Commander of NNVS, Rear Admiral Vincent Okeke, said the suspects were arrested on Sunday through a tip off by concerned individuals.
Okeke, who was represented by Capt. Ibrahim Gwaska, said the Navy standby team was informed that the suspects were gathered in Akpabuyo local government area of the state for initiation and other activities.
According to him, intelligence gathering revealed that it was evidently clear that there was going to be a clash between the Klans and Black Axe confraternities.
“We are here to do a routine handover of 42 suspects to the Cross River Government representative.
“Accordingly, the base responded through a tip off and cordoned the area in Akpabuyo. In that raid, we arrested 61 suspected cultists.
“On arrival, preliminary investigations were been conducted and having concluded the investigation, 42 out of the arrested 61 persons were confirmed to be cultists accordingly.
“It is on this regard that we will be handing over the suspects to the state government and officials of the Anti-Cultism and Kidnapping Unit for onward investigation and prosecution,” he said.
In the same vein, on May 24, the navy also arrested a wooden boat laden with 130 drums of palm oil smuggled from Cameroon alongside 10 suspects
The State Security Adviser, Southern Senatorial District, Mr Ani Esin, who received the suspected cultists, commended the Navy for a successful operation.
Esin, said that the Navy acted swiftly on the tip off that was given to them.
“As a state government, we are doing our best in ensuring that the issue of cultism is dealt with squarely.
“We are going to hand over the suspects to the relevant security agency for onward investigation and prosecution.
“For few days now, we have been on operation with other security agencies in making sure that all suspected cultists are arrested and prosecuted accordingly,” he said.
Esin thereafter, handed over the suspects to an official of the Anti-Cultism and kidnapping Squad, Mr Ogini Chukwuma for onward prosecution.
Edited By: Ismail Abdulaziz (NAN)
Navy destroys 2,287 illegal refineries between 2015 to 2019 — CNS Ibas
The Nigerian Navy says its anti- crude oil theft operations has destroyed a total of 2, 287 illegal refineries between 2015 to 2019.
Ibas, who was represented by Rear Adm. Ifeola Mohammed, Chief of Policy and Plans, Naval Headquarters, also disclosed that all was set for the Nigerian Navy’s 64th anniversary scheduled to hold from May 25, to June 1.
He noted that the Service had performed credibly well in the fight against crude oil and illegal oil bunkering through operations conducted by its ‘Operational Bases and Forward Operating Bases’ (FOBs) within the period under review.
“The bases cumulatively destroyed a total of 2,287 illegal refineries between 2015 to 2019.
“These activities were complemented with series of swamp buggy operations in the areas where illegal refineries were discovered.
“A breakdown of the destroyed illegal refineries from 2015 to 2019 shows that in 2015, about 140 illegal refineries were destroyed and 128 illegal refining sites also destroyed in 2016.
“However, in 2017, a total of 1,218 illegal refineries were destroyed, while 383 and 418 illegal refining sites were destroyed in 2018 and 2019, respectively.
“From records, 2017 recorded the highest number of illegal refining sites destroyed. This figure decreased in 2018 and later increased slightly in 2019.
“The reduction in the number of illegal refining sites destroyed from 2017 to 2019 could be attributed to the ongoing swamp buggy operations in the Niger Delta which makes it difficult for perpetrators to reactivate destroyed illegal refining sites,” he said.
The Naval Chief said the Service in five years had also invested in local content development through the local construction of Seaward Defence Boats (SDB).
“In an effort to boost operations, 12 Manta Class boats and Inshore Patrol Craft were acquired and will be inducted into the fleet this year (2020).
“For Riverine Operations, the CNS said the Service took delivery of 148 River Patrol boats, with another 24 expected in the later part of 2020.
“Thirty six Rigid Inflatable Boats were also procured, with another batch of 56 programmed for delivery in 2020 ending,” he said.
Ibas said the Nigerian Navy in its renewed emphasis on fleet renewal, also acquired three Whaler boats that were also expected to join fleet this year.
“Other acquisitions under this ambitious fleet renewal effort are the acquisition and deployment of 11 houseboats for the Choke Point Management and Control operations.
“One houseboat is also expected to be deployed in 2020. One tug boat has been inducted into the Service, while 2 others are expected to join the fleet in 2020.
“Similarly, one water barge and one fuel barge are expected in 2020. The Nigerian Navy equally committed enormous resources to equipment availability to support its operations.
“Accordingly, the Nigerian Navy took delivery of a total of 168 outboard engines with requisite spares.
“As part of the Ministry of Defence’s critical intervention, the Nigerian Navy just took delivery of one Leonardo AW139 helicopter and is currently being inducted,” he said.
Ibas noted that the Service instituted dedicated operations and initiatives to enhance its policing capability toward the peaceful use of the nation’s maritime environment.
“These initiatives have engendered several recorded successes in the operations of the bases. For instance, 2016 which recorded the highest piracy attacks in the past five years recorded 70 incidents of piracy attacks.
“Out of these, 51 were successful while 19 were unsuccessful. Also, in 2017, there were 48 piracy related cases, out of which 27 were successful while in 2018, there were 36 reported cases and only 9 successful.
“Furthermore, in 2019, 21 piracy related cases were reported and only seven of these attacks were successful.
“As at May 20, there were nine pirate attacks of which only two were successful and seven unsuccessful,” he said.
Ibas said a total of 449 suspected smugglers were arrested and their boats with products were handed over to the Nigeria Customs Service for further action.
Edited By: Chinyere Nwachukwu/Wale Ojetimi (NAN)
U.S. Senate confirms Trump’s Navy secretary pick
The U.S. Senate on Thursday confirmed President Donald Trump’s pick Kenneth Braithwaite to be secretary of the U.S. Navy in a voice vote.
The confirmation was made weeks after the service came under sharp criticism for its handling of the coronavirus outbreak aboard the USS Theodore Roosevelt aircraft carrier that infected more than 1,000 sailors.
In his confirmation hearing earlier this month, Braithwaite pledged to restore a culture of good order and discipline in the Navy, according to a report by The Hill.
“It saddens me to say that the Department of the Navy is in rough waters due to many factors, but primarily the failure of leadership,” Braithwaite told a Senate committee.
The U.S. Navy said in late April that it is launching a broader inquiry into the coronavirus outbreak aboard the aircraft carrier, effectively delaying its recommendation to reinstate Captain Brett Crozier as commanding officer of the warship.
Crozier wrote a memo in late March pleading for a faster and more thorough response to the growing outbreak on the warship. The memo was leaked to the media and Crozier was relieved of command on April 2 by then-Navy Secretary Thomas Modly who resigned the following week after calling Crozier “too naive or too stupid” while addressing the aircraft carrier’s crew.
At his hearing, Braithwaite said he supported the decision to open a broader inquiry, said the report by The Hill.
Braithwaite has served as U.S. ambassador to Norway since 2018.
U.S. Navy says shooter involved in Texas naval base shooting “neutralized”
The U.S. Navy confirmed Thursday on its Twitter page that a shooter involved in a shooting incident at the Naval Air Station (NAS) Corpus Christi, Texas,”has been neutralized.”
Naval Security Forces at NAS Corpus Christi responded to the shooter at approximately 6:15 a.m. (1115 GMT) on Thursday morning, the air base said in a statement.
“All gates on the installation remain closed while first responders process the scene,” said the U.S. Navy.
Local media reported that a member of the naval security forces was injured at the facility during the incident.
The air base said earlier on its Facebook page that the shooting happened “in the vicinity of the North Gate” of NAS Corpus Christi, which is “now in a lockdown status.”
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- La Liga announces fixtures as Spanish season re-start looms large
- Air Peace hails India, China, Israel over evacuation of citizens from Nigeria
- Sancho hat-trick keeps Borussia Dortmund in title hunt
- COVID-19: PTF submits recommendations on reopening of schools, places of worships
- Gov Masari mourns Katsina NUJ scribe
- AfDB: Sierra Leone president assures Adesina of country’s support
- Bandits kill Batsari LGA APC Chairman in Katsina State — Police
- Chicago braces for more chaos
- Military units respond firmly to terrorist attacks in Mozambique: president
- 1st LD Writethru: 5.3-magnitude quake strikes Japan’s Ibaraki Prefecture, no tsunami warning issued
- Turkey deports 12 Finns over terror links
- Protests over killing of African American held in Dublin
- Adesina: HURIWA asks President Trump to call America’s representative at AfDB to order
- New curfews announced throughout Los Angeles area
- CBN adjusts timelines for reversals of complaints on electronic channels
- President Buhari receives 4th Interim Report on COVID-19 from PTF
- Dangote wins World Travel Market Award with CNN commercial
- Indiscriminate shelling kills 5 in Libyan capital
- Thuram, Plea dazzle in Gladbach rout of Union
- Chinese Doctors: ADC demands health minister’s apology for “misinforming” Nigerians
- Egypt sees daily record of 1,536 COVID-19 infections, tally nears 25,000
- Extension service providers to resume training of farmers – IITA
- COVID-19: Olubadan bans masqueraders’, orders stay at home rituals
- Oman reports 1,014 new COVID-19 cases, 11,437 in total
- Iran, Turkmenistan agree to reopen borders amid easing of COVID-19 restrictions
- U.S. first representative to AfDB urges Trump administration to support Adesina