In what appears to be building a tight security on our maritime routes, the Chief of Naval Staff, Vice Admiral Ibok Ete-Ibas and the Inspector-General of Police (IGP), Mr. Solomon E. Arase, have agreed to work together and harmonize strategies geared towards ensuring improved security at the country’s water regions.
At a meeting at the Force Headquarters, Abuja, Wednesday, both security chiefs reached an agreement to secure the sea ways of the nation.
In his message to the Inspector-General of Police, Vice Admiral Ibok Ete-Ibas expressed appreciation at the existing cooperation between the Nigeria Police and the Nigerian Navy, stating that this synergy becomes imperative as both organizations are involved in the protection of lives and property on land and sea.
The naval chief further requested for capacity building of officers and men of the two agencies on exchange programmes, while soliciting speedy prosecution of pending maritime cases.
Responding, the IGP Arase told the Chief of Naval Staff that he intends to re-brand the marine police so as to checkmate crimes at sea, just as he expressed his delight at the visit of the Navy chief, thanking him for the suggestions of assisting the Police in reducing piracy on our waterways.
IGP Arase assured the navy chief that the Nigeria Police will assist the Navy in training its officers in civil law relating to their duties as well as assisting the organization in whatever capacity the Nigeria Police can be of help.