The Nigerian Navy will deploy seven ships and 37 gunboats during a military exercise known as ‘Operation Octopus Grip’ in the Niger Delta creeks and waterways.
This was disclosed by the Flag Officer Commanding, Central Naval Command, Rear Admiral Bello Al-Hassan, who said this was a riverine and sea exercise in the Niger Delta. He told newsmen in Yenagoa, that the exercise will begin from October 30 to November 1.
Following fears from residents, the Navy assured them not to worry as the command has a task of ensuring security throughout the exercise. AL-Hassan said “so far, the operation has recorded huge success in reducing crude oil theft, pipeline vandalism and other maritime crimes. “Between May and September this year, the command seized and destroyed about 870,000 MT of illegally refined crude oil. “Also, over 400 illegal refineries were destroyed, including 85 boats used by oil thieves.’’