The Chief of Naval Staff, Vice Admiral Awwal Gambo, yesterday, also read the riot act to the Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB, and Eastern Security Network, (ESN), warning that the Nigerian Navy and other sister agencies were determined to enforce security in the region and protect Nigerians.
Vice Admiral Awwal Gambo made this statement when he paid a courtesy visit to Governor Willie Obiano of Anambra State at Governors Lodge, Onitsha.
He said “I have to be here to reassure our staff at the Naval outpost that have been here since 2010 to double their efforts and be on the alert based on the potent threat, we are observing now from Eastern Security Network, which is the security arm of the proscribed Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB.
“We are working in conjunction with other armed services as well as security agencies to make sure we bring lasting peace to the states that have been peaceful for quite a long time now and this, of course, is in line with Mr President’s directive.
“This visit is very timely, though with deep reflection because of the loss of our men and platoon weapons. You must be on alert and double our efforts on criminal elements attempting to truncate the existing peace in the states, even though the attacks were not particularly on us alone.
“We are working in conjunction with the armed forces and security agencies to ensure lasting peace in this state and others in the South East. I am here on operational visit to the Onitsha Naval outpost.
“I wouldn’t have been here but for expediency, following the two separate incidents we had last week that led to the loss of some of our men and two platoon weapons.”