NIGERIA – The Easton Naval Command, (ENC) neutralized two hundred and eighty-one (281) illegal refineries, arrested 707 suspects, impounded 38 vessels, 5 vehicles, seizure of 196 pumping machines and dismantled 225 wooden boats.
The Flag Officer Commanding the ENC, Rear Admiral David Adeniran disclosed this during a valedictory speech to mark his retirement at the Nigerian Navy Ship, NNS Victory parade ground in Calabar, Cross River State.
Rear Admiral Adeniran said the command has also smashed kidnapping rings and was able to achieve 18, 156 hours 30 minutes of sea patrol per capital ships making about 90 percent presence at sea.
“The boats patrolling the creeks and shallow waters recorded 127, 632 hours 20 minutes that is the 121.25 percent of set standard making a combined average of 105 percent, “We are the only command that has surpassed the 100 percent mark,” said Adeniran
Rear Admiral Adeniran, who attributed the achievements to the commitment, hard work and resilience of officers and ratings in the command, said a major piracy syndicate that specializes in ransom negotiations was smashed, which has obstructed and invariably checked the activities and sea robbers for several months now in the Eastern Naval Command
He also noted that the command participated in several joint military operations in synergy with sister security agencies within the command’s area of responsibility.
It was gathered that the Command also seized 50 kilograms of 31, 303 bags of smuggled rice, 199,000 metric tonnes of stolen crude oil confiscated and 51,800 metric tonnes of illegally refined AGO seized”.