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Pipeline Vandalisation: Navy urges Nigerians to be ‘Red Alert’

Against the recent sabotage on crude oil pipelines in Delta and Bayelsa states, the Chief of Naval Staff, Vice Admiral Ibok-Ete Ibas has urged Nigerians not leave the protection of the nations assets to security agents alone, urging that, it is the collective responsibility of all.

He then charged all Nigerians to be battle-ready to confront those whom he described as the enemies of the nation, operating around them.

Vice Admiral Ibas, who spoke shortly after a working visit to the Nigerian Navy Ship (NNS) Delta, Warri however re-assured that the Navy was more ready than ever to protect Nigeria’s national assets.

The Naval Chief plea was in respect of recent attacks on oil and gas pipelines in the creeks of both Delta and Bayelsa states.

According to Vice Admiral Ibas, the directive by the Chief of Defense Staff, Gen Abayomi Olonishakin, to be on ‘red alert’ was not for only the military, but for all Nigerians as the attacks, which necessitated the call were targeted at national assets, which should be the concern of all Nigerians.

“The directive of red alert by the CDS is what we stand on not just for the military alone but for all Nigerians. Any attack on resources that support the very existence of the country is an attack on all Nigerians and any group of persons involved will be taken as enemies of the nation.

“If a group of people arrogate to themselves, the power to take on any of the nation’s assets, we will be out there to take them out and Navy is ready now than ever to ensure that we protect our assets, protect what belongs to Nigerians and if we arrest such individuals, the laws will take its course”, he said.

On those already arrested in connection with the sabotage of the critical gas pipeline in Warri South-West council area of Delta state recently, Ibas said “the relevant agencies are investigating those arrested for now”.

Speaking on the purpose of his visit, the CNS said he was at the base to appraise the performance and encourage his officers and men to do more in their duties, which had recently recorded a number of successes.

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