The Central Naval Command, (CNC) of the Nigerian Navy, Yenagoa, on Monday urged media practitioners in Bayelsa to be objective and professional in their reportage of events in the interest of national security.
Rear Admiral Saidu Garba, the Flag Officer Commanding Central Naval Command, said this in Yenagoa when executive members of the Federated Correspondents’ Chapel of the Nigerian Union of Journalists (NUJ) visited him in his office.
News Agency of Nigeria reports that the naval command was established in 2012 with Bayelsa, Delta, Edo, and Kogi states, among others within its area of responsibility.
Garba said that the media had a very important role to play in nation building.
He urged them to do investigative journalism and not to report activities of security agencies in the country in such a way that the people would lose confidence in their capacity to maintain law and order.
“Do not report crime in such a way that criminals would seem to be glorified.
“We all know that the area, Niger-Delta is witnessing a lot of criminal activities ranging from pipeline vandalism, crude oil theft, illegal refineries and sea piracy,” he said.
Garba explained that the command had been sensitising communities and stakeholders to the need to preserve the environment.
“When you destroy the environment there will be nothing for our great grand children to inherit.
“We started the sensitisation programme from Delta state; here in Bayelsa, we have been able to meet with some traditional rulers and their subjects,” he said.
He, however, said that the Nigerian Navy was committed to securing the country’s critical infrastructure and oil facilities to boost the national economy, especially that of the Niger Delta region.
Earlier, the Chairman, Federated Correspondents’ Chapel, Mr Julius Osahon, had said that the visit was to facilitate more collaboration with the security organisation in promoting peace for the people.
(Edited by Emmanuel Yashim)
United States Navy veteran leaves Iran after nearly two-year custody
United States Navy veteran Michael White, who had been detained in Iran for almost two years, was released by Iran and on his way back to the United States, according to a statement issued by his family on Thursday.
“For the past 683 days my son, Michael, has been held hostage in Iran by the IRGC (Islamic Revolution Guards Corps) and I have been living in a nightmare. I am blessed to announce that the nightmare is over, and my son is safely on his way home,” Michael White‘s mother said in the statement.
United States President Donald Trump later confirmed White’s release, saying the Navy veteran had left Iranian airspace aboard a Swiss plane. He also expressed his gratitude to the assistance of Switzerland, which represents United States interest in Iran.
The release of White came a day after Sirous Asgari, an Iranian scientist detained by the U.S. government, had returned to Iran. U.S. officials insisted that it was not a prisoner exchange and two cases were not linked.
Relations between the United States and Iran have become increasingly hostile since the Trump administration’s unilateral exit from the Iran nuclear deal in 2018. Washington has been mounting pressure on Tehran through a series of sanctions. Iran has maintained a tough stance and scaled back its nuclear commitments in response.
Alleged oil theft : DPR hands over 9 vessels to Navy, EFCC
The Department of Petroleum Resources (DPR) said nine vessels allegedly involved in oil theft had been handed over to the Nigerian Navy and the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC).
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that Mr Sarki Auwalu, Director, DPR, made the disclosure on Wednesday during an online interactive session with the media on topical issues in the oil and gas industry.
Auwalu said the DPR had initiated Crude Oil and Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) Tracking (COLT) to track vessels coming in or going out of the country in order to curb oil theft.
“They are under the Western Naval Command. We have arrested several vessels and some of the vessels are for oil thieves.
“We are working with the Nigerian Navy and we quickly alert the Navy whenever we see any suspicious vessel during surveillance,” he said.
Auwalu said that other measures were being implemented by the regulatory agency to improve accountability in the oil and gas sector, which include the National Production Monitoring System (NPMS) that focuses on data gathering.
“We have been able to track online/real time data of what our productions are and so we are now in the position to say what is the production done by this country.
“All our fields are largely tracked online now. So, it is not true that Nigeria cannot account for what it is producing, be it crude oil or gas, ” he said.
Admiral Ekwe lauds Navy for successes in National economy
Ekwe said the command under the leadership of the Flag Officer Commanding ENC, Rear Adm. David Adeniran, had recorded successes in the reduction of illegal bunkers and refinery operations, oil theft, pipeline vandalism, smuggling and piracy.
According to Ekwe, the efforts of the ENC had led to the arrest of numerous vessels and the seizure of petroleum products as well as metric tons of crude oil.
He added that the command had also destroyed illegal refineries to dissuade illegalities in the maritime sector.
“The ENC has performed excellently well. Therefore, I encourage all personnel to keep it up and have an operational reflection and ponder on the operational antecedents recorded so far as well as challenges faced by the command in the past in order to proffer the way forward,” he said.
He explained that the “Ceremonial Sunset”, also known as the “Retreat Call”, is a solemn ceremony which involves the bugle call as well as hoisting and lowering of flags which signal the end of a day and beginning of a new day.
Retired Admiral Ekwe noted that series of activities were lined up to celebrate the Navy week which include distribution of palliatives and personnel protective equipment as well as commissioning of sickbay at the Headquarters of ENC.
“I am also aware that other activities that marked the Navy week were the commissioning of the remodeled Otiko and Saidu Girls’ Hostel at Nigerian Navy secondary school, Borokiri, and 20 capacity Boys’ hostel in Nigerian Navy secondary school Akpabuyo.
“Over the years, I have closely monitored the activities of the ENC under Rear Adm. Adeniran and I discovered that the command has conducted various operations and administrative functions.
“I have observed with joy, the number of attendees as well as the number of Guard of Honour and Navy band that participated in the skeletal parade. All these are in conformity with the Federal Government directives on measures to curb Covid-19 pandemic”, he said.
In his goodwill message, Real Adm. Taiye Imam, the Chief Staff Officer of ENC, said the ceremony was part of the activities marking the 64th anniversary of the Nigerian Navy
The News Agency of reports that Service Commanders at the event include, Commandant of Nigerian Army Amphibious Training School, Brig.-Gen. Joshua Nimmyel, Commander of 305 Special Mobility Group of the Nigerian Airforce Calabar, Group Capt. Ibraham Sule and the Commander 13 Brigade Nigerian Army Calabar, Brig.Gen Thomas Olatoye.
64th Anniversary: Navy donates food, palliative items to communities in Abuja
The Nigerian Navy on Monday distributed foods items and other palliatives to host communities in Abuja to commemorate its 64th anniversary.
The Navy said this was to support the Federal Government’s efforts to cushion the effect of COVID-19 and as part of activities to mark the Service 64th anniversary.
The exercise took place in Kuje and Abuja Municipal Area Councils
Rear Admiral Jatau Luka, the Director of Administration, Naval Headquaters, represented the Chief of Naval Staff (CNS), Vice Admiral Ibok-Ete Ibas, at the event.
Speaking during the occasion, Ibas said the palliatives were aimed at reaching out to vulnerable communities.
” Today rounds up the low keyed activities of the 64th Anniversary of the Nigerian Navy which started last week with distribution of palliatives and inauguration of projects by the Commands.
” In rounding off the 2020 Nigerian Navy(NN) Week, the NN was expected to observe one of its major tradition which is the conduct of medical outreach in communities that host NN formations and establishments.
” However, due to the prevailing public health environment, arising from the occurrences of the COVID-19 Pandemic, this effort could be quite challenging within the extant framework to curb the virus spread.
” This underscores the commitment of the NN to its corporate social responsibility as well as support to the efforts of the Federal Government in mitigating the impact of the pandemic on the less privileged citizens.
” Arising from the foregoing, the Nigerian Navy is here to donate palliatives to the vulnerable Nigerians residing in Kuje and Jiwa Communities,” he said.
The CNS reiterated the commitment of the Navy to sustain the relationship between the Force and the communities and prayed that the relationship continues.
He also acknowledge the warm and cordial relationship between the Nigerian Navy and the Kuje and Jiwa Communities.
Ibas said the Navy is hopeful that the relationship will continue to deepen progressively for improved national security.
In his response, the Chief of Kuje (Gomo of Kuje), HRH Haruna Jubrin, commended the Nigerian Navy for providing the communities with the palliatives.
COVID-19: Navy inaugurates 40 bed space isolation centre in Lagos
The Chief of Naval Staff (CNS), Vice Adm. Ibok-Ette Ibas, was represented by Rear Adm. Oladele Daji, the Flag Officer Commanding (FOC) Western Naval Command at the inauguration.
Ibas said that the centre would be used to isolate positive but asymtomatic persons, saying that it was part of NN’s proactive measures to curb the spread of the virus.
“Especially in situations where other facilities are overwhelmed with high number of patients ,this 40-bed isolation centre which we are about to put to use immediately is part of the contributions of the Nigerian Navy to the fight against the spread of COVID-19 pandemic.
“The isolation centre will be used to isolate positive but asymtomatic persons under strict guidance of trained medical personnel with technical support from the Lagos State Government,” he said.
He said that as there was an increase in exposure to the virus, there was also an increase in the number of confirmed cases, thereby causing isolation centres to be limited.
“An increase in exposure to the virus will lead to an increase in the number of confirmed positive cases.
“Therefore, the management of positive cases includes the isolation of the infected persons to reduce the chances of further spread in the community.
“Isolation centres have been established across the country to isolate and manage confirmed cases,however, as more cases are confirmed, there arises the need for more centres for the isolation of people to reduce the risk of further transmission,” he said.
He said the NN could not afford to take any chances, especially, looking at how compacted their ships were.
“From what we have been hearing, somebody can have the virus but asymptomatic, that means it is possible that it can be spread to others.
“And you know by the nature of our work-space in the ship ,which is enclosed compartment, we can’t afford to have a high rate of such,” he said.
He said that the NN had been in contact with the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) in Lagos, since the project was conceived, saying that the NN would continue to contribute its quota to ensure that the pandemic was curtailed soon.
“The NN will continue with this type of programme where necessary in other parts of the country where we have a high concentration of naval personnel,” he said.
The CNS also used the opportunity to seek God’s guidance over naval personnel and the Armed Forces in general.
“As the NN celebrates its 64th anniversary, we pray that God Almighty continues to shower his blessings upon all our sailors, families, the leadership of the NN and the armed forces,” he said.
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that a tour round the facility showed that each room houses four beds.
NAN also reports that the facility was divided into two sections where one section would accommodate those that were not symptomatic.
The other section which housed oxygen ventilators would be for those that would require some level of management before the arrival of NCDC officials.
The disease has spread to 35 of the 36 states with 9,202 confirmed cases in Nigeria while Lagos State has recorded the highest number with 4,337 confirmed cases and 3,585 active cases.
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)
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- 76% COVID-19 patients in Kano male – official
- FOMWAN condemns murder of Bello, seeks probe of cases
- C’River commissioner tasks newly elected LG chairmen on leadership
- Financial autonomy will radically transform state judiciary – Ex-NBA chairman
- COVID-19: NOA begins motorised sensitisation in Nasarawa
- Thai gov’t hints at allowing reopening of high-risk businesses for next phase of lockdown relaxation
- N3.9bn Light project: Kwara Legislature demands prosecution of Ahmed, Ogunshola
- Buhari mourns ex-Governor Bamidele Olumilua
- UK defends digital service tax against United States investigation
- Correctional Service to establish studios to record inmates’ evidence, says AGF
- 9 ships expected at Delta ports – NPA
- Indian state allows inter-district transport within Mumbai Metropolitan region
- Face masks made mandatory at Danish airports
- Economic institutes, industry welcome Germany’s stimulus package
- OPEC+ cuts responsible for current oil market stability — Barkindo
- Japan gov’t seek measures to combat cyber-bullying, eyes new legislation
- ASEAN, China, Japan, S.Korea vow to keep open markets against COVID-19 epidemic
- LCCI, MAN praise CBN’s bailout funds for economic recovery
- Obaseki announces Ohonbamu’s replacement as Commissioner for information
- Thailand develops odour-proof boxes to store durian for international shipments
- It’s up to states to choose type of guber primary to adopt, says Edo APC Chairman
- Ekiti Speaker pays tributes to late Olumilua
- COVID-19: patient absconds from Jos isolation centre – WHO
- Meghan Markle says George Floyd’s life “mattered”
- COVID-19: Kwara commends FG for donating vehicles to epidemiology unit
- Buhari’s agricultural revolution to create 5m jobs, inject $10bn into economy
- Edo: Court fixes June 17 for hearing of suit to bar Ize-Iyamu from APC screening
- Oyo police seek information on killers of 18-yr-old Bello
- Court sentences 2 drug traffickers to 6 months imprisonment each
- Sancho, other Borussia Dortmund players under fire over haircut photos
- More integrated bonded areas approved in China to stabilise foreign trade
- Senegal to ease coronavirus curfew as protests spread to capital
- UN needs 103 mln USD to support Mozambique in pandemic, violence response
- Rwanda’s border town Rusizi partly put under strict lockdown following COVID-19 outbreak
- Lockdown: PCN commences enforcement activities
- Spanish Ministry of Culture to open museums on June 9
- Lebanon’s number of COVID-19 infections rises to 1,306