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Marine security: Marine Police set to acquire new gunboats

Following instances of insecurity on Nigerian waterways, the Assistant Inspector General of Police in charge of maritime, Mr. Musa Katsina has said that the Nigeria Police Force is set to deploy new gun boats to curb to arrest the situation. Katsina also revealed that the Nigerian Police marine command is currently fixing its patrol boats that are in bad conditions. He maintained that 41 officers from the marine police have been trained by the Navy in order to boost its efficiency and make them have a better understanding on sea operations. Although he declined to give the number of the new sea crafts to be deployed, the AIG Maritime maintained that the crafts on arrival will complement the number of old boats at its disposal. The former Commissioner of Police in Imo State added that the crafts are currently undergoing repair with Julius Berger PLC and once the refurbishment has been completed they will be deployed for operations immediately.

He however added that criminal element ashore and offshore will have no hiding place when the boats are deployed. According to him, the officers and men of the marine police is in synergy with other security agencies to tackle all maritime-related crimes. The Police chief also noted that the Nigerian Navy has empowered some of his officers on seatraining, saying that a lot more marine police now have a better understanding on marine operations. "I am happy to tell you that the Navy has taken it upon themselves to train officers of my command; which is the first of its kind" "Over 41 of our policemen have been trained and certificates were issued and when you go beyond the training, you will understand that, with training we will have a better understanding between the police and other security agencies at sea" "

The collaboration with the navy is very vital at this time and you can see that is why the navy takes care of our high seas, we will also need to ensure that the waterfronts and other areas within the inland and coastal waters are clearly fortified", he added. Speaking further, the AIG assured that sea going vessels and other smaller crafts within the maritime space will be secured because the police will ensure that passengers, cargoes and crews are safe from sea pirates and miscreants at sea. He added that the police is committed to ensuring safety and security at sea.

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