By Henry Oladele
The Joint Task Force (JTF) comprising the Nigeria Navy, Air Force and Army, on Thursday, launched ‘Operation Jagunlabi’, to battle pipeline vandals across the creeks in Lagos.
The Flag Officer Commanding, Western Naval Command, Rear Adm. Slyvanus Abbah, who flagged off the operation in Majidun, Ikorodu, informed journalists that it was aimed toward combating the menace of pipeline vandalism and crude oil theft.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reviews that the operation, which is an offshoot of the continuing Operation AWATSE (an Hausa phrase for scatter), is to additional solidify the positive factors of the joint activity drive.
”Operation AWATSE has been an on-going operation, and in case you are in Lagos, I feel that is essentially the most peaceable festive interval you will have ever had in Lagos.
“We have been working tirelessly. Before now, you know the criminals have been carrying out their nefarious act at the high sea; which is sea robbery,” he stated.
Abbah stated that the elements of Operation Awatse would accomplice Operation Delta Safe within the Niger Delta to sort out the inflow of vandals and militants to Lagos waters from neighbouring creeks.
He stated that the partnership with Operation Delta Safe would see the navy raid the creeks and backwaters of the Niger Delta area to arrest the rampaging militants.
“Although Lagos by itself is a peaceable place, the criminals come from elsewhere.
“For occasion, the final assault that occurred on Lagos waters: we’ve arrested so a lot of them and all of them should not from Lagos.
“The five of them that are in our custody are not from Lagos but have their accomplice in Lagos who gives them information. We are working on this to get rid of all those things,” Abbah stated.
He stated the navy was not resting on its oars in tackling the menace.
“This period, you know nobody came around to kidnap, and we have to commend the soldiers because they are working very hard to ensure everything is fine peacefully,” the officer stated.
On Operation Jagunlabi, Abbah stated it was an ongoing and steady train.
“Our presence right here at present is simply to satisfy and work together with the troopers.
“We need them to share their issues and we will even handle them.
“Before now, Majidun was a no go space, however as you possibly can see, everyone is feeling joyful and working freely.
“This is why we want to make all those non-penetrable areas to be safe now for everyone to carry out their businesses,” he stated.
Talking concerning the navy’s technique, Abbah stated that it will not be revealed, in order that the enemies wouldn’t restrategise and strike.
“This is a navy train and the essence of that is to ensure we function peacefully.
“So, Operation Jagunlabi is a present of drive to inform these boys (the militants) wherever they’re, we’re right here for them.
“This is a joint operation and you can not do it alone, so that’s the reason we want air assist from the air drive.
“Therefore, it’s a joint operation between the army, navy and Air Force and even elements of the police, Department of State Security and the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps,” he stated.
NAN additionally reviews that the operation can also be aimed toward battling vandalism and crude oil theft in Lagos creeks and backwaters.
Abbah was joined by the Air Officer Commanding, Logistics Command, AVM Ibrahim Yahaya; the General Officer Commanding 81 Division, Maj.-Gen. Peter Dauke and the Commander, NNS Beecroft, Rear Adm. Maurice Eno.
The maritime operation kicked off from Majidun creek, with patrol of Ebute waterside, Ibeshe ferry jetty after which Oworonsoki jetty, earlier than heading again to the bottom.
The floor forces additionally took off from Majidun and went by way of the Ikorodu storage roundabout, Ibeshe junction, Ibeshe Ilaje, Imota, Ishawo earlier than returning to the naval outpost.
Abbah stated that the joint patrol by the three arms of the navy would pull sources and manpower collectively to sort out the menace.
Harping on the significance of intelligence gathering, Abbah who addressed the troops earlier than the operation started, stated they have been to combine up with civilians in an effort to get info from them.