Vice Admiral Awwal Gambo, the Chief of Naval Staff, announced that the Nigerian Navy has completed joint efforts with the Ghanaian Navy to combat piracy and maritime crime in the Gulf of Guinea.
Gambo also stated that plans for the establishment of a permanent multinational task force in the Gulf of Guinea are in the works.
On Saturday, Vice Admiral Gambo said this at the Nigerian Naval College, Onne in Rivers State, during the Passing Out Parade/Commissioning of Direct Short Service Commission 28 and Special Duty Pre-Commission Training 21 cadets of batch 31 trainees.
He noted that the country has been confronted by asymmetric and internal security challenges emerging from insurgent groups, banditry, and kidnapping in recent years, necessitating crucial operational and security engagements of Nigeria’s armed forces across many theaters of action.
He stated that the Navy has continued to help sister security services in combined operations against Boko Haram militants, armed bandits, and ongoing internal security operations against separatist groups in the North East, North West, and North Central.
To this end, Gambo said, “The Nigeria Navy has in the last couple of months brought to bear her dominant status in the West African region by sustaining an aggressive presence in the nation’s maritime environment, leading to the drastic reduction in acts of criminality in the gulf of guinea.
“The Nigerian navy has concluded collaboration efforts with the Ghana Navy to further combat piracy and maritime crime in the Gulf of Guinea. Plans are ongoing for the establishment of a standing multinational task force in the gulf of guinea.”