The Nigerian Navy has pledged to end crude oil theft and bunkering as well as drastically reduce the number of illegal refineries in the country before the end of this administration.
The Chief of Naval Staff, Vice-Admiral Awwal Gambo made the promise in Abuja in a message to the fourth quarter route march of the Navy, which was also carried out across all formations of the force in the country.
The exercise commenced from the Naval Unit, Asokoro, Abuja, through the AYA juncture back to the base.
Officers and ratings of the Navy serving in Abuja and its environment in their numbers chanted motivational songs as they cover over ten kilometre route march to keep personnel physical and mentally fit to meet their security duties.
Vice-Admiral Gambo, represented by the Chief of Policy and Plans, Navy, Rear-Admiral Suleiman Garba, emphasised the importance of exercise to the military as the Navy is being tasked with assisting in the forthcoming general election, which is to keep the peace and sanity of the society and ensure all eligible voters exercise their franchise.
On the rate of crime in the maritime environment, Vice-Admiral Gambo reiterated the determination of the Navy to ensure sanity is maintained, to keep the economy of the nation strong, and stop all forms of criminality in the maritime environment.
He assured the country that the Navy would continue to work with other security agencies to ensure that peace and development take route in all trouble-spots across the country.
Reporting by Chukwuma Agbanusi; Editing by Omotola Oguneye and Tony Okerafor