Abuja - The Navy has denied media reports its gunboats were involved in an operation that led to a shootout and loss of lives.
This past weekend, a newspaper reported that three people died as naval gunboats storm oil-rich Delta community.
“We wish to draw the attention of the media and the general public to the facts that till this moment, no naval gunboats were involved in any operation that led to shoot out or the alleged loss of lives as reported by THE NATION newspaper. The Command wishes to state that it recognises the roles of the media in the realization of the Nigerian Navy objectives. However, circulating reports that are untrue, unverified and baseless will only heat the polity, which is not in the good interest of the Nigerian Navy and indeed the nation at large. Additionally, it would not engender the partnership that exists between the Nigerian Navy and other stakeholders, particularly the media towards the provision of adequate security and elimination of criminality in our maritime environment for national development,” the Navy stated.
It added that a taskforce was formed to ensure the security of the proposed site of Federal Government Multibillion dollars project, to keep open the sea lanes of communication and secure Key Points and Vulnerable Points.
Additionally, the Navy said, the taskforce had no confrontation with any community or group of persons.
“It is pertinent to mention that the said adhoc taskforce which THE NATION newspaper alleged killed the three persons is not only formed by Nigerian Navy but the entire security structure of Delta State. The setting up the taskforce was a result of the Delta State Security Council meeting decision of 30 December 2013 to provide security in the proposed site for the Federal Government multi-billion dollar Gas City in Escravos. It is also to be noted that the adhoc taskforce comprises the Navy, the Air Force, Nigeria Police and Department of State Service for the security of the area. Notwithstanding the misgivings of the said report by THE NATION newspaper, it is important to thank you for your continued support of Nigerian Navy programmes and policies towards the realisation of Mr President’s National Transformation Agenda.”
– CAJ News