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Oborevwori urges Navy to curb illegal activities on Nigerian waters



Sheriff Oborevwori

Gov. Sheriff Oborevwori of Delta has urged the Nigerian Navy to work assiduously in curbing illegal activities on Nigeria’s maritime domain.

The governor made the appeal when the Flag Officer Commanding Central Naval Command, Rear Admiral U.S.A Chugali visited him on Tuesday in Asaba.

“We know how critical our terrain is and that is why this visit is very important because Delta state is 40 percent coastal and we need all the support from the Navy.

“I know the Navy has done a lot in securing our waterways and that is why our oil production is going smoothly and as a state government, we encourage you to do more.

“One of the representatives here is someone that I have worked with in 2009 when he was the military Amnesty Coordinator and I was the State Coordinator.

“We worked very well together and we covered a lot of riverine areas in the state and I know he understands our terrain very well; I am assured that with him present, our state will be more secure,” he said.

The governor told the navy team that a lot of illegal activities still take place on the waters and expressed confidence that the Navy and Marine Police would collaborate to tackle the menace.

He assured the commanding officer of the state government’s support and commitment to improve peace in the state.

“I know that with the efforts of the Navy and other security agencies, Delta will continue to be peaceful, which will in turn attract more investments into our state,” he said.

Earlier, Chugali said he was in Delta on familiarisation visit to Units under Command under him, and interface with critical stakeholders in the state.
He commended Gov. Oborevwori for the assistance being given to the navy and other security agencies in Delta, assuring that the cordial relationship existing between the Navy and the state would be sustained.

Chugali also assured that the Navy would continue to secure Nigeria’s maritime domain for social and economic activities to thrive in the country.


Navy disowns list of successful candidate for Batch 35 recruitment



The Nigerian Navy (NN) has disowned the purported list of successful candidate for its Basic Training School (NNBTS) Batch 35 Recruitment, saying it is fake.

Commodore Adedotun Ayo-Vaughan, the Director of Naval Information, said this in a statement in Abuja.

Ayo-Vaughan said the exercise was conducted in three centres across the country, namely; Lagos, Rivers and Kaduna States.

He described the information, being circulated recently as fake, and handiwork of fraudulent miscreants who were trying to dupe some unsuspecting applicants.

He said the list of successful candidates had not been released and that no form of invitation for training, via text message had also been disseminated by the Nigerian Navy.

‘’The alarming rate of circulation of fake information by unscrupulous individuals, regarding enlistment or recruitment into Navy is quite worrisome.

‘’Efforts are on to track and arrest the miscreants.

“Members of the public especially prospecting applicants who participated in the said recruitment are strongly enjoined to always authenticate information from the NN official website,, and other official social media handles, as well as other credible mainstream media platforms.

“Similarly, miscreants and mischief makers are warned to desist from this unwholesome practice, otherwise they will face the full wrath of the law,” he said.

Ayo-Vaughan said the text message, had invited unsuspecting applicants to report for military training at NNBTS Onne, Rivers, following their purported selection.

He said the criminals further claimed in the text message that the exercise would commence on Oct. 6.

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Gov. Alia condemns kidnapping of commissioner, one other



Gov Alia Hyacinth Alia

Gov. Hyacinth Alia has strongly condemned the kidnaping of Mr. Matthew Abo, his Commissioner for Information, culture and Tourism, and former Chairman Ukum Local Government Area (LGA), Mr. Iorwashima Erukaa.

This is contained in a press statement on Monday, signed by his Chief Press Secretary (CPS), Sir Tersoo Kula, and made available to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Makurdi.

According to the statement, while Mr Abo was kidnapped by unknown gunmen in his Sankara home at about 8pm on Sunday, September 24, Mr. Erukaa was taken away by a yet-to-be identified gunmen on Saturday, September 23.

The Governor, who described the act as barbaric and unacceptable, has directed security agencies to immediately commence operations to ensure the safe release of the duo.

He called on the people of the State to remain calm, as his administration would do everything possible to make the State safe for all.

“The kidnappers have made contacts with the family of Mr Erukaa but are yet to contact Mr Abo’s family,” the statement stated

Several gunmen had stormed the the commissioner’s residence in Zaki-Biam, Ukum LGA and kidnapped him.

Eyewitnesses who spoke to NAN, said that the kidnappers who came on four motorcycles, ordered everyone in the house, including the his wife and children, to lie face down and took him away to an unknown destination.

The witnesses said the abductors compelled the commissioner at gun point to sit behind the rider of one of the motorcycles while a gunman sandwitched him.

Mr Abo was sworn in as a member of the Benue State Executive Council on August 29.

He hails from Ukum Local Government Area of Sankera axis, a major flashpoint of criminal activities with rampant killings and kidnappings for years now.

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