Only nine of 33 security points on Lagos waterways manned
There are indications that the Nigerian Navy may have been over-stretched in securing the waterways in the Lagos area as only nine out of 33 security points presently along the water area are manned.
Navy warship, Thunder, resumes patrol after 2 years grounding Giving this indication at the meeting organised by the Nigerian Chamber of Shipping, NCS, in Lagos, the Command Operation Officer of the Western Naval Command, Capt. M. M. Braimoh said that apart from this, they have arrested 33 offending vessels in the last six months, but two of them have sunk. Braimoh pointed out that they have to place four to six armed men onboard each of the seized vessels for protection, noting that this is putting a strain on its manpower.
Speaking, Braimoh said, “I will really want to hammer on implementation, as a Navy; we have a platform where all stakeholders come in. Being the Command Operation Officer, COO, of the Western axis, we have seen so much since the last six months. I have been in Command in the last six months and we have arrested 33 vessels.
“Each of these vessels, we have to put not less than four to six personnel armed so if you multiply that by 33, at the end of the day, you look at where are our personnel and where are our other partners.