The Naval Training Command (NAVTRAC) of the Nigerian Navy has trained 39 policemen in a Basic Marine Operation Course (BMOC) to counter maritime crimes like pipeline vandalism, crude oil theft, among others.
The course, which lasted for 12 weeks, was targeted at developing capacity for marine and riverine operations for personnel of the marine wing of the Nigerian Police.
Although one policeman was dropped for medical reasons, the 39 other trained personnel included 14 assistant superintendents of police, six inspectors, four sergeants and 16 corporals.
While the BMOC training commander was Captain Livingstone Izu, some of the maritime courses were taught by Captain Mayowa Olukoya, deputy commander of the Special Boat Services (SBS).
In his speech, the NAVTRAC Flag Officer Commanding, Rear Admiral Joseph Okojie, said the graduation was a milestone for the navy and the police.
He said, “Nigeria’s maritime domain remains a strategic asset with enormous resources and potential.
“We are equally cognisant that this natural benefit has been persistently channeled by a myriad of threats that have impinged on Nigeria’s economic wellbeing and national security.”
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