Nigerian Navy Launches Operation Water Guard to Tackle Maritime Threats in Lagos

 

Nigerian Navy Launches Operation Water Guard to Tackle Maritime Threats in Lagos

In a strategic move to address the rising challenges of smuggling, piracy, and oil theft.


The Nigerian Navy's Western Naval Command has officially initiated "Operation Water Guard" (OP WG).


This maritime security operation, led by Rear Admiral M.B. Hassan, aims to combat illicit activities in the maritime space around Lagos State and its environs.


With a primary focus on the Badagry waters and land axis near the Benin Republic border.

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The inauguration ceremony took place in the Badagry axis of Lagos State, where the Navy expressed its commitment.


To tackling issues that have been adversely impacting the region, the operation encompasses a comprehensive approach.


Utilizing ships, boats, quad bikes, and air assets to showcase the Navy's robust capabilities.


Notably, the Nigerian Navy has already made significant strides in intercepting contraband goods.


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Including Premium Motor Spirit, drugs, and foreign parboiled rice, collectively valued at billions of Naira.


The interception of these items is crucial, as it not only prevents potential disruptions in the availability of petroleum products.


But also safeguards the efforts of small and medium-scale enterprises.


The navy emphasized the potential impact of intercepted drugs on public health and stability, underscoring the necessity of Operation Water Guard.


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The operation involves various tactics such as interdiction, beach patrols, VBSS (Visit, Board, Search, and Seizure).


Cordon and search operations, and sustained presence to curb other criminal activities.


Rear Admiral M.B. Hassan, the Flag Officer Commanding Western Naval Command, assured that Operation Water Guard would contribute to creating a secure maritime environment.


Especially during the upcoming yuletide period. He solicited support from the communities.


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Highlighting that intelligence-led checks would complement existing checkpoints along the roads.


"Operation Water Guard" is a testament to the Nigerian Navy's unwavering commitment to maritime security, driven by the leadership of Chief of the Naval Staff, Vice Admiral E.I. Ogalla.


This initiative signifies the ongoing efforts to protect the nation's waters and ensure a safer maritime environment.


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As the Nigerian Navy intensifies its efforts to combat maritime threats, Operation Water Guard stands as a beacon of security and stability


Reinforcing the commitment to safeguarding Nigeria's maritime domain.


The multifaceted approach adopted in this operation reflects the determination to create a conducive environment.


Nnot only for commerce but also for the well-being of the citizens during the festive season and beyond.


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