Navy Chief Vows to Punish Officers Involved in Oil Theft, Criminality

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Onungwe Obe in Yenagoa

The Chief of Naval Staff (CNS), Rear Admiral Awwal Gambo, has warned that the Nigerian Navy would deal decisively with naval personnel caught colluding with oil thieves, economic saboteurs, drug traffickers, bandits and kidnappers.

Gambo gave the warning at the headquarters of the Central Naval Command in Yenagoa, Bayelsa State, where he visited as part of his familiarisation tour of naval formations in the country.

He said the navy would not condone laziness and ineptitude among its officers and men, and promised to reward those who prove themselves to be gallant and excellent in service.

The CNS warned that the expansion policy of the navy would not deter it from flush out personnel found wanting in handling responsibilities assigned to them.

The naval chief said the force would not relent in the marching orders given to security agencies by the president to restore the security of the country.

He said: “Nigerians are not patient, and they want quick action. We have started by hitting the ground running.

“Professionalism is needed, and good conduct must be upheld alongside discipline and integrity. While efforts are being made to improve welfare, I shall not hesitate to review values and contributions of every personnel in the line of duty.”

Also, the Flag Officer Commanding of the Central Naval Command, Rear Admiral Kennedy Egbuchulam, said the prevailing security situation in the country has called for new and adaptive skills to tackle it because of the shifting strategies of criminals.