[From ANIEKAN ANIEKAN, Calabar]
Eastern Naval Command (ENC) of the Nigerian Navy said, Wednesday, that about 281 illegal refineries were neutralized by its command in the region within three years.
Flag Officer Commanding the ENC, Rear Admiral David Adeniran disclosed this during a valedictory speech to mark his retirement at the NNS Victory parade ground in Calabar.
Rear Admiral Adeniran said that the command, since his assumption of office on August 28, 2018 to January 4, 2020, has seized thousands of smuggled rice, apprehended suspects, smashed smuggling and kidnapping rings.
He attributed the achievements to the commitment, hard work and resilience of officers and ratings in the command.
“281 illegal refineries were neutralized, 50 kilograms of 31, 303 bags of smuggled rice were seized, 199,000 metric tonnes of stolen crude oil confiscated and 51,800 metric tonnes of illegally refined AGO seized.
“The command patrol efforts culminated in the arrest of 707 suspects, 38 vessels 5 vehicles, the seizure of 196 pumping machines and dismantling of 225 wooden boats.
“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 area of responsibility,” he further stated.
He added that the command within the period participated in several joint military operations in synergy with sister security agencies within the command’s area of responsibility.
He thanked the President, Muhammadu Buhari and the Chief of Naval Staff (CNS), Vice Admiral Ibokete Ekwe Ibas for the opportunity given him to serve.
Rear Admiral David Adegbola Adeniran was commissioned into the Nigerian Navy as a Sub-Lieutenant of the Executive Branch on January 4th 1987.
He was decorated with the Forces Service Star, FSS, the Meritorious Service Star, MSS, the Distinguished Service Star, DSS and General Service Star GSS.
He is a member of a number of professional associations including the Council for the Regulation of Engineering in Nigeria, COREN, and Fellow Nigerian Society of Engineers, FNSE.