The Nigerian Navy, on Friday launched a massive operation code-named ‘Operation Tsare Teku’ to combat the the increase in piracy and criminal activities in the Niger Delta region of the country.
The Chief of Naval Staff (CNS), Vice Admiral Ibok-Ete Ibas said that he had set up the Task Force Committee to handle the operation aimed at clearing the nation’s territorial waters of criminals. Ibas who was represented by the Chief of Training and Operations (CTOP), Nigerian Navy (NN), Rear Adm. Henry Babalola, disclosed that seven Nigerian Naval Ships (NNS) would be involved in the operations.
He said that four ships had been deployed namely: NNS Okpabana, NNS Kyanwa, NNS Sagbama, and NNS Andoni, while the remaining three naval ships would join the operation later on. These are NNS Centenary, NNS Burutu, and NNS Zaria.
“As you are all aware, the jugular of the Nigeria economy is at the maritime area of Niger Delta. So, when we noticed an infringement in that area, it affects the economy of the nation.
“The CNS has inaugurated Operation Tsare Teku to clear the area of these miscreants. It’s to be headed by a Senior Flag Officer in the rank of Commodore,” he said.