Navy destroys boats with petroleum products in Onitsha

  • As India Maoist rebels kill 24 CRPF policemen in Chhattisgarh

The Naval Outpost Onitsha, Anambra on Monday said it destroyed two wooden boats laden with petroleum products.

Navy Capt. Mohammed Dahiru, Commander of the Outpost, said that the destruction was carried out on April 22 in the presence of other security agencies.

According to him, the boats and products were intercepted in December 2016 along the River Niger waterway.

“We use this opportunity to send warning signal to operators within River Niger perpetrating illegality to have a re-think as it would no longer be tolerated.

“I will continue to go after them, and I will get them, especially now that our capability has been boosted by the naval authorities.

“My officers and men have intensified routine patrols which include fixed station and stop and search.

“For those using or want to use the River Niger waterway for legitimate activities are assured of adequate protection,’’ Dahiru said.

He, however, commended the Chief of Naval Staff, Vice-Admiral Ibok Ibas, for providing the Outpost with good working equipment and accommodation.

Dahiru said that the Chief of Naval Staff had also boosted the human capacity of the outpost.

He also commended Gov. Willie Obiano of Anambra for his continued support.

Dahiru lauded the people of the state, particularly the host community, Odekpe for their hospitality.

In the meantime, suspected Maoists have killed 24 policemen in the central Indian state of Chhattisgarh, in one of the biggest attacks by the rebels in recent years.

The officers were guarding road workers in the Sukma district, which has seen a long-running insurgency by Maoists.

The details of the attack are sketchy, but one report said it was carried out by 300 rebels.

The Maoists say they are fighting for communist rule and greater rights for tribal people and the rural poor.

Their insurgency began in the eastern state of West Bengal in the late 1960s, later spreading to more than one-third of India’s 600-plus administrative districts.

The attack on the personnel of the paramilitary Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) began at 13:00 local time on Monday and the clashes went on for a few hours, reports said.

It is not yet known if the Maoists suffered any casualties.

India’s Home Minister Rajnath Singh later tweeted about the attack:

Indian media reports say helicopters have been used to transport the wounded to the nearest medical facility.

Extra security personnel have been now been sent to the location to look for the attackers.

The rebels are active in several eastern and central states of India.

They routinely target Indian security forces. In 2010 they killed 74 policemen in the Dantewada district in Chhattisgarh in one of the most deadly attacks.

 Additional report from BBC