Navy will always Protect the Maritime domain – CNS Assures

  • As Capital Oil workers fear job losses

The Chief of Naval Staff (CNS), Vice Admiral Ibok-Ete Ibas, has assured that the Nigerian Navy will leave no stones unturned, in order to ensure the continuous protection of the nation’s maritime domain.

The CNS gave the assurance on Sunday in Abuja during an inter-denominational Church Service held at the Anglican Church, Mogadishu Military Cantonment, to mark the Nigerian Navy’s 61st anniversary.

Ibas noted that though there were series of challenges the Navy encountered while carrying out its statutory responsibilities, its officers and men were not deterred, and stressed that though a lot still needed to be done to protect the nation’s assets and general security of the country, he was genuinely delighted that the Nigerian Navy had done very well, particularly in the protection of the nation’s maritime domain, as well as the security of the country.

He also urged sister organisations to be more united in the fight against the insurgents in the North-East and other crimes.

“Having gone this far, it is my view that we can feel a sense of retrospective self justification for our match from birth to date.

“We have had chequered history no doubt, but our ups overwhelming outweigh our downs.

“If we should take stock today, our progress will be evident in varied considerations.

“From a mere 250 ill trained individuals, it had grown in strength to almost 25, 000 well trained professionals, “the CNS aid.

In his sermon, Babajide Ajayi, Chief Chaplain, Navy Protestant Church, Mogadishu Military Cantonment, urged Nigerians to pray for the navy and their families as they celebrate their 61st year aniversary.

“I called on every citizen of this country to pray for our gallant officers not to encounter any difficulty while in the battle field.

“With the achievements recorded so far, it is a clear indication that the fight against the insurgency has started yielding positive results,” he said.

Ajayi also urged Nigerians to pray to God Almighty for blessing Nigeria with abundant natural resources, in addition to salvaging the economic situation and the security challenges facing the country.

He also advised Nigerians to pray for the leadership of the country, adding that Nigeria could only move forward if the people got it right.

In the meantime, employees of Capital Oil and Gas Industries Ltd have urged the Federal Government to release their Chairman, Dr Ifeanyi Ubah, who is in the Department of State Services (DSS) custody.

The workers urged Acting President  Yemi Osinbajo, Senate President Bukola Saraki, House of Representatives Speaker Yakubu Dogara and the Minister of Labour, Sen. Chris Ngige to intervene so that the over 2,000 Capital Oil and Gas workers will not lose their jobs.

A statement by the Manager, Distribution, Capital Oil & Gas, Mr. Saturday Igbarease, said Ubah’s continued detention has resulted in the shutdown of operations, with staff on the verge of losing their jobs.

Worried about not receiving salaries this month, they urged the Federal Government not to allow them and their families starve.

“The injustice meted on Dr Ifeanyi Ubah is negatively affecting over 2,000 workers of Capital Oil. The Federal Government should be mindful of the implications on our families who are gradually been forced to starve,” he added.

The DSS had arrested the businessman over allegations of “economic sabotage” and alleged diversion of petroleum products to the tune of N11 billion.

The Service last Thursday obtained an order from a Federal Capital Territory High Court to detain him for 14 more days.

The same day, Federal High Court in Lagos also ordered DSS to release him within 48 hours or charge him to court.

Additional report from Nation