Nigeria Navy Shakes Up Commands

The Nigeria Navy (NN) has embarked on a reorganisation that caused appointments and re-appointments of officers for effective and efficient service delivery.

The Acting Director of Information, Naval Headquarters, Navy Capt. Suleman Dahun, said on Friday in Abuja that appointed included three new Flag Officers Commanding (FOCs).

The new FOCs are Rear Adm. Akinjide Akinrinade for the Logistics Command, Oghara, Delta; Rear Adm. Matthew Emuekpere for the Eastern Naval Command, Calabar, Cross River; and Rear Adm. Saleh Usman who took over at the Central Naval Command, Yenagoa, Bayelsa.

The acting director added that the appointment also affected 27 other Rear Admirals.

“These are: Rear Adm. Begroy Ibe-Enwo who is reappointed at the Naval Headquarters, Abuja as the Chief of Naval Transformation, Rear Adm. Victor Adedipe is appointed Director of Plans at the Defence Headquarters, Abuja.

“While Rear Adm. Peter Onaji is taking over as the Chief of Naval Safety and Standard at the Naval Headquarters, Abuja and Rear Adm. Dogara Albehu is now the Director of Training at the Defence Headquarters, Abuja.

“Rear Adm. Micheal Ebe is assigned the Director of Plans, Naval Headquarters, Abuja, while Rear Adm. Aliyu Lawal is taking over as Director Equipment Standardisation and Harmonisation, Defence Headquarters, Abuja.

“Others are Rear Adm. Uchenna Onyia who is now the Director of Administration at the Naval Headquarters, Abuja and Rear Adm. David Adeniran is reappointed the Commander Naval Drafting, Apapa, Lagos State,” he said

As well as Rear Adm.Tanko Dakwat who is now the Admiral Superintendent Naval Ordinance Depot, Lagos State, Rear Adm. Ahamefule Eluwa was reappointed Moderator at the National Institute for Policy and Strategic Studies, Kuru, Plateau.

He said further that the appointment also affected Rear Adm. Dolapo Kolawole, as the Director of Policy at the Naval Headquarters, Abuja. Rear Adm. Mike Okonkwo as the Chief Staff Officer at the Logistics Command Headquarters, Oghara, Delta.

Others are: Rear Adm. Shuwa Mohammed as the new Director of Armament Supplies, Naval Headquarters, while Rear Adm. Segun Adebari is the new Group Managing Director at the Navy Holding Ltd., Abuja.

As well as Rear Adm. Abubakar Al-Hassan as the Director of Transformation at the Defence Headquarters, Abuja. Rear Adm. Obed Ngalabak as the Admiral Superintendent Naval Doctrine and Assessment Centre, Lagos State.

Others are: Rear Adm. Abraham Adaji who was reappointed Director of Operations at the Naval Headquarters, Abuja. Rear Adm. Jatau Luka as the new Chief Staff Officer at the Eastern Naval Command Headquarters.

While Rear Adm. Ibikunle Olaiya was reappointed as the Director of Naval Intelligence at the Naval Headquarters, Abuja.

“The appointment also include: Rear Adm. Kamarudeen Lawal who is appointed the Director of Transformation at the Naval Headquarters, Abuja, Rear Adm. Abdullahi Adamu as the Director of Combat Physical Training, Naval Headquarters, Abuja.

“While Rear Adm. Oladele Daji who is redeployed to the Western Naval Command Headquarters, Lagos State, as the Chief Staff Officer. Rear Adm. Maurice Eno as Director of Research and Development at the Naval Headquarters, Abuja.

“Others are: Rear Adm. Saidu Garba now the Director of Project Implementation, Monitoring and Evaluation Directorate, Naval Headquarters, Abuja, as well as Rear Adm. Barabutemegha Gbassa as the Fleet Commander, Headquarters Eastern Fleet, Calabar, Cross River.

“As well as Rear Adm. Sanusi Ibrahim now the Director of Manning at the Naval Headquarters, Abuja, while Rear Adm. Muhammad Nagenu as the Fleet Commander, Headquarters Central Fleet, Yenagoa, Bayelsa State,” Dahun said.

The acting director said further that the exercise also saw the redeployment of 95 Commodores to various commands, units, and establishments.


Nigerian Navy To Curb Threats, Vows To Protect National Asset

The Nigerian Navy has planned to deal decisively with any group or organization that threatens the territorial integrity of the nation.

The Force has warned that nobody would be allowed to vandalize the nation’s assets under whatever guise.

The chief of naval staff, Rear Admiral Ibok-Ete Ibas, disclosed this on Monday when he visited the Nigerian Navy Engineering College in Sapele, Delta.

Recall the Niger Delta Avengers (NDA), a militant group in the Niger Delta recently called off its ceasefire with the federal government and promised to return to the creeks to destroy the country’s oil installations.

But Ibas said the navy would match any such threat force for force and do not have to wait until an attack occurs before it acts.

He said the statutory obligation of the navy is to protect lives and property as well as secure the nation’s assets in the maritime domain.

Those listed among the groups to be clamped down upon are Avengers, kidnappers, sea robbers and sea pirates.

“We do not wait until a threat comes from a particular group before the navy acts so what we do is to protect lives and property,” he said.

“Any threat is taken seriously especially against the nation’s assets and individuals and the Nigerian Navy will continue to do that to secure the maritime territory of Nigeria as well as bad waters.”

Ibas also revealed the navy had to deploy a “checkpoint regime strategy” to combat maritime crime.

“With the checkpoint management, our presence is all tailored toward reducing those challenges you have out there at the sea,” he said.

“I think the overall assessment is that the Navy’s presence has reduced the incidences of pirates at sea.”

Director To Investigate Clash Incidence Between Navy and Police in Calabar.

The Director of Information, Nigerian Navy (NN), Navy Captain Suleman Dahun, on Wednesday, said the investigation was ongoing to unravel the cause of the ugly incidence between the Navy and Police in Calabar.

He said that, however, normalcy had since returned to Calabar after its personnel clashed with the Police on Tuesday,

Speaking to one of the eyewitnesses who said it was an unfortunate incidence that led to the loss of lives and destruction of property.He said that the service would do everything humanly possible to avert the future occurrence of such ugly clash.

Dahun told our reporters that everything had been resolved, and normalcy had also returned, saying “everybody was going about his or her business as usual.”

It should be recalled that the clash between the two security outfits was caused by a disagreement between a police traffic officer and a naval officer at a traffic light in Akim neighbourhood, downtown, Calabar, around 4 p.m. on Tuesday.

“By 8 p.m., it had developed into a deadly riot, with suspected naval officers attacking a police divisional headquarters, killing three officers and injuring others after setting the facility alight.

“A naval officer sustained gunshot wounds from suspected police fire. No inmates escaped during fracas,’’ police said.


Terrorism: Navy To Establish Operational Base In Lake Chad

As part of efforts to rid the country of terrorists, the Nigerian Navy (NN) has commenced plans for the establishment of a Forward Operation Base (FOB) in Lake Chad.

This disclosure was made on Tuesday in Lagos, during a training seminar organised by the Naval Training Command (NAVTRAC) themed ‘the future of professional training in the Nigerian Navy’.

In his opening remark, the Chief of Naval Staff (CNS) Vice Admiral Ibok Ette-Ibas noted that conventional security challenges have forced the navy to move towards adopting new strategies.

Using the navy’s participation in the northeast operation against terrorist sect, Boko Haram, as well as the force’ battle against militants and vandals in the creeks as examples, Ibas said he directed a review of the navy’s training curriculum to address the challenges.

According to Ibas, the establishment of an FOB in Lake Chad, creation of choke-points by placing house boats around the creeks, as well as the enhancement of surveillance capacities were among the new strategies adopted.

He said: “For over five years we have relied majorly on the Regional Maritime Awareness Capability (RMAC) that gives us an eye over the horizon.

“We have commenced the process of emplacing a more robust surveillance system, FALCON EYE, which when completed, will provide surveillance on the entire 200 nautical miles of our Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ).

“This will therefore boost our ability to contain the notorious maritime challenges that we presently have out there.

“The navy in particular has been obliged in the context of the prevailing national emergency to transit a complicated range of a full spectrum of warfare. From her traditional maritime environment in which she engages in ensuring order in the EEZ and territorial waters, washing ashore to be occupied by complex riverine and brown water operations, to a completely new challenge of engaging in fighting in build-up area and desert warfare, as obtained in the northeast theatre.

“On account of the foregoing, the navy has in the last couple of years found herself increasingly assuming operational responsibilities in the continental theatre. Even more profoundly is the asymmetric characteristics of the engagement.

“Suddenly, the navy has had to find herself fighting an adversary who uses unconventional weapons and tactics, employing terrorism to exploit the vulnerabilities of own forces.

“All of these have impacted a compelling need to admit new weapons and technologies, tactics, doctrinal shift and logistics management.

“The evolving scenario has necessitated significant changes in our operational procedures, particularly in addressing the spate of crude oil theft, illegal bunkering and attacks on shipping.”

He also hinted on plans by the navy to establish a maritime university for the training of its personnel and other maritime stakeholders within and outside the country.

Earlier, the Flag Officer Commanding (FOC) NAVTRAC, Rear Admiral Adeniyi Osinowo who noted that the command conducts over 120 courses in its 11 colleges and schools, added that the naval training was a function of operational realities, technological changes and fleet renewal.

“As we have witnessed in the past two decades, the operational doctrine of the NN has been challenged by emerging threats in our maritime environment.

“With attendant need for new technologies and fleet recapitalisation. As a result, it became apparent that we need to devote significant efforts towards reflecting on extant doctrine as well as the future direction of training in the NN,” he said.

Osinowo disclosed that the command has in the last six months embarked on a comprehensive review of the existing curricula in all NN training institutions.

“The review involved identifications of additions, retentions and deletions as well as recognition of new fleet and technologies. Apart from generating inputs from the operational command’s, an effort was made to align the courses conducted with global maritime training standards while new and more impactful teaching methods are being integrated into our practices,” he said.

At the seminar were Commandant, National Defence Academy (NDA), Rear Admiral Ilesanmi Alade; FOC, Western Naval Command (WNC), Rear Admiral Raphael Osondu; Director of Operations, Naval Headquarters, Rear Admiral Uduak Essien; Admiral Superintendent, Naval Doctrine and Assessment Centre, Rear Admiral Jacob Ajani; Director of Naval Information, Commodore Chris Ezekobe and Commodore, among others.

Retired naval officers including Rear Admirals Ndubuisi Kanu, O.O. Joseph and Francis Akpan were also at the event.

Kwara Begins Helicopter Pilots Training

Kwara State Government owned International Aviation College (IAC) in Ilorin, in partnership with the Nigerian Navy, has commenced the training of helicopter pilots with the addition of 2XAB206 Helicopters to its training fleet.

Speaking at the flag-off of the training, the Kwara State Governor, Dr Abdulfatah Ahmed said the inclusion of helicopter training was part of efforts to transform International Aviation College into a one-stop aviation training institution and showcase the state as an aviation hub in the country.

Governor Ahmed said the growing reputation of IAC as a Centre of Excellence in aviation industry has manifested in its partnership with various organisations, especially the Nigerian Navy and Airforce.

“It is on record that IAC, Ilorin trained 25 cadets of the Nigeria Airforce in 2014 while several states and foreign governments have indicated interest in sponsoring students training in the college”, he said.

The governor called on aviation operators in Nigeria to employ more locally trained pilots as IAC has shown through its accomplishments, facilities and partnership with elite organisations that the country has the training facilities, structures and personnel to train world class pilots.

The Chief of Naval Staff, Vice Admiral Ibok-Ete Ekwe Ibas, in a message to the flag-off of 2xAB206 Helicopters said the Navy’s partnership with IAC was to bring together “IAC’s expertise and facilities with the Navy’s rotary facilities and experience and reputation”.

Vice Admiral Ibas noted that partnership will reduce Navy’s dependence on foreign technical training requirements and promote local capacities in line with prevailing national policy.

He added that the Nigerian Navy through the partnership hopes to train its aviators to global standards, improve their capacities through the unique combination on civil and non civil organizations that the partnership with IAC offers.

The Chairman of the Board of Directors of IAC, Captain Edward Boyo, in his remarks said the College has since its establishment in 2011 successfully trained pilots and other professionals for the Nigeria Police, Nigerian Navy and Nigeria Airforce as well as civil pilots.