Chief of the Naval Staff, CNS, Vice Admiral Ibok-EteIbas, has ordered personnel of OPERATION AWATSE comprising Nigerian Army and Nigerian Navy to flush out criminal elements and eliminate pipeline vandals in the creeks of Lagos and Ogun States.
Addressing the troops during an unscheduled visit to Arepo Town along the Lagos-Ibadan expressway and Majidun in Ikorodu, Lagos State, the CNS charged the troops to intensify efforts at bringing the untoward activities of criminal elements, pipeline vandals and crude oil thieves to an earliest conclusion.
According to a statement by one Captain Suleman Dahun, on behalf of the navy chief, said Admiral Ibas also enjoined the troops to live up to expectation and maintain discipline. Operation Awatse is a joint operation involving the Nigerian Army and the Nigerian Navy and is aimed at eliminating the problems of pipeline vandalism and crude oil theft in the riverine areas of Lagos and Ogun States.
Nigerian Pilot Saturday recalls that the Nigerian Navy component of the operation impounded over 5,000 jerry cans of suspected stolen petroleum products last year in Ikorodu area of Lagos State
In a related development, fleet renewal, a major trust of the Nigerian Navy Transformation Plan, received a boost with the commissioning of 25 Epenal gunboats for naval operations in the Niger Delta. While on a working visit to naval formations in the Niger Delta recently, the CNS also sensitised communities on the need to eschew criminal activities in their areas.
Meanwhile addressing troops during an unscheduled visit to Arepo Town and Majidun in Ikorodu, Lagos State, the CNS charged the troops to intensify efforts at bringing the untoward activities of criminal elements, pipeline vandals and crude oil thieves to an earliest conclusion.
In a statement by Captain Suleman Dahun, on behalf of the navy chief , said Admiral Ibas also enjoined the troops to live up to expectation and maintain discipline.
OPERATION AWATSE is a joint operation involving the Nigerian Army and the Nigerian Navy and is aimed at eliminating the problems of pipeline vandalism and crude oil theft in the riverine areas of Lagos and Ogun States.
Nigerian Pilot Sunday recalls that the Nigerian Navy component of the operation impounded over 5,000 jerry cans of suspected stolen petroleum products last year in Ikorodu area of Lagos State.


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