Nigerian Navy recruits 1,176 personnel to fight sea pirates, oil bunkers

Nigerian Navy recruits 1,176 personnel to fight sea pirates, oil bunkers

- The Nigerian Navy has recruited over 1000 personnel to help in fight against sea pirates and other martime threats

- Chief of Defense Staff General Olonishakin said this on Saturday, May 18, noting that Nigeria needs all the help it can get to stop the current level of insecurity

- Olonishakin expressed confidence that the new recruits have been properly trained to meet the requirements of challenges the country faces

The Nigerian Navy has recruited no fewer than 1,176 young men and women to aid its fight against sea pirates and oil bunkers in the nation’s maritime domain.

News Agency of Nigeria reports that General Abayomi Olonisakin, Nigeria’s Chief of Defence Staff (CDS), revealed this on Saturday, May 18 at the formal Passing Out Parade of Batch 28 recruits trained at the Nigerian Navy Basic Training School in Onne, Rivers state.

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He said: “The trainees have been adequately groomed in basic naval seamanship subjects, including swimming and weapon handling.

“Additionally, they have been imbibed with such basic skills, as self-discipline, team work and overcoming of problems.

“The trainees were also tutored on basic civil military relations, inter-agency cooperation and laws of armed conflict. They have been transformed and ready for deployment.”

Olonisakin the trainees were joining the navy at a time the armed forces were involved in many complex and challenging internal security operations across the country.

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Presently, the armed forces are engaged in insurgency and terrorism operations in the North East and North West; oil theft, illegal bunkering, pipeline vandalism, illegal refining and armed robbery in the South-South and piracy in the Gulf of Guinea.

“Over the past decade, the increase in the activities of non-state actors have continued to challenge the ability of our armed forces to overcome asymmetric security challenges.

“This informed the holistic review of training the trainees underwent to confront the contemporary security challenges.

“However, some of the trainees would be deployed in future to curb these security challenges,” he said.

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Meanwhile, reported that the Navy said it had not released the list of successful candidates for its 2019 recruitment.

The naval spokesman, Commodore Suleman Dahun, made this known in a statement in Abuja on Sunday, May 5.

Dahun said the list of successful candidates would be released to the public through the Navy official website and the media.

He also alerted the public of the existence of a fake list of successful candidates in its 2019 recruitment online. Dahun advised members of the public to be wary of such fraudulent sites. ( -> We keep evolving to serve our readers better.

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