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Maritime Criminality,: Eastern Naval Command Flags Off ‘Operation Bekan Mmon ll; Bekan Mmon 1 arrested 540 suspects, destroyed 200 illegal refineries sites & seized 25,000 bags of smuggled rice

The Flag Officer Commanding Eastern Naval Command, Rear Admiral David Adeniran has flagged off ‘Operation Bekan Mmon II’ and disclosed that Operation Bekan Mmon I recorded numerous successes, such as, the arrest of over 540 suspects and destruction of 200 illegal refinery sites.

Others are neutralization of 11,000 Metric Tons of stolen crude oil and 15,000 Metric Tons of illegally refined AGO as well as the seizure of 25,000 units of 50 Kilogramme of smuggled per boiled rice.

Bekan Mmon  is an Efik word meaning ‘Calm Water’, is an operation was an effort to curb maritime crimes in the Eastern Naval Command maritime domain. 

The FOC disclosed that ‘’navies the world over carry out operations for different reasons.

“Some conduct exercises for perceived or anticipated security challenges, others engage in operations in order to review existing operational directives and for training purposes.’’ 

He also said that the outcome of such operations determines the quantity and quality of training offered to participating personnel and that the need for training and retraining has become expedient to navies the world over because of the dynamics in contemporary maritime security threats.

Noting that maritime threats are generally similar in nature, Admiral Adeniran added that some of these threats include piracy, hostage taking, kidnapping, illegal oil bunkering, poaching and crude oil theft amongst others.

 He buttressed that, the efforts of different nations determine the viability of such threats.

A statement by Commander Edward Yeibo, the Eastern Naval Command Spokesman quoted the FOC affirming that, Nigeria as part of the world and a littoral nation has had its own share of maritime security challenges. 

Admiral Adeniran noted that Nigeria’s survival is largely dependent on the maritime environment and therefore the Nigerian Navy as the Lead Agency in the maritime sector has always made efforts by taking steps to sustain a secured maritime environment for economic prosperity of the country Nigeria. 

Flagging off the operation, he highlighted that Operation Bekan Mmon I recorded numerous successes, such as, the arrest of over 540 suspects, destruction of 200 illegal refinery sites, neutralization of 11,000 Metric Tons of stolen crude oil and 15,000 Metric Tons of illegally refined AGO as well as the seizure of 25,000 units of 50 Kilogramme of smuggled per boiled rice.

He professed that considering the visible operational successes of Operation Bekan Mmon I in reducing maritime crimes in Nigeria’s maritime environment, there was the need to consolidate on these achievements, which necessitated the activation of Operation Bekan Mmon II. 

All these he asserted are in line with the strategic directives of the Chief of the Naval Staff, Vice Admiral Ibok-Ete Ekwe Ibas.

He used the opportunity to beckon on the communities within the ENC AOR to continue to support the NN towards ensuring a secured and peaceful maritime environment. 

He also advised those engaged in illegal activities in the maritime environment to desist and join hands with the Nigerian Navy to ensure a secure maritime environment for economic prosperity of Nigeria.

 He also urge all the participating ships to be agile and alert to their responsibilities and consolidate on the successes recorded during operation Bekan Mmon I.

The Flag Officer Commanding Eastern Naval Command used the medium to thank the Chief of the Naval Staff Vice Admiral Ibok-Ete Ekwe Ibas for providing all needed logistics for the success of Operation Bekan Mmon I.

 The Admiral reiterated that, NNS Shiroro and NNS Gongola and other Fast Attack Craft were sailed from FOB Bonny to NNS Victory Calabar and they will commence the operation in conjunction with all other operational bases immediately after the Flag Off.

He explained that, the logistics involved in sailing the vessels are enormous and have been graciously provided by the Chief of the Naval Staff.

 He vehemently promised that more will be achieved under Operation Bekan Mmon II as it relates to curbing maritime crimes.

Rear Admiral Adeniran said that the flag off of the operation and the operation itself is with recourse to the Federal Government Guidelines on COVID 19.  

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