– President Buhari makes fresh move against Boko Haram – Orders establishment of naval command post in Lake Chad region As a way of further destroying the potency of Boko Haram terrorists, President Muhammadu Buhari has approved the establishment of a naval command post in the Lake Chad region. The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) quoted the director of Naval information, Chris Ezekobe, as saying: “There is a presidential directive to set up a command post in the Lake Chad Region and that is ongoing.” Share on Facebook Share on Twitter The 25 Epenal security boats Nigerian Navy ship pathfinder in Port Harcourt. The 25 Epenal security boats Nigerian Navy ship pathfinder in Port Harcourt. The naval commodore, who spoke in Lagos on Tuesday, March 22, informed that the naval personnel required for the post are currently undergoing training in the north east and would be deployed once it the directive becomes operational. Speaking on the three categories of forces working in the north east, Ezekobe stated that the navy had acquired 30 repellent boats and was expecting 50 more by the end of May to enhance security in the Niger Delta region, which will make it difficult for the criminals to operate in that domain.
He said: “We have improved on our surveillance capability and the regional maritime awareness capability. “We have increased the number of satellite stations along the coasts. Essentially, our territorial waters are well covered by the surveillance system. “We have acquired one Offshore Patrol Vessel from China and the other will arrive before the end of May.” The spokesman added that about 70-80 per cent of the nation’s wealth comes from the maritime environment, a development which makes it necessary to secure the terrain. According to him, “We need to partner with other maritime security agencies, the media and other stakeholders. “It is a collective effort and we must secure that environment to make our nation prosperous and great again.”