By Longtong Ibrahim
Kaduna (Nigeria) – In a bid to further tighten the security in the Nigerian maritime routes, it Chief of Naval Staff, Ibok Ete-Ibas has sought for Police Force partnership in securing the nation’s sea ways.
Statement by the Police Force public Relations Officer, Olabisi Kolawole, said the Chief of Naval Staff and the Inspector General of Police met at the Force Headquarters in Abuja, Nigeria’s Capital to form the partnership.
Ete-Ibas appreciated the existing cooperation between the Nigerian Police and the Nigerian Navy; noting that, “This synergy becomes imperative as both organizations are involved in the protection of lives and property on land and sea.”
He further requested for capacity building of officers and men of the two agencies on an exchange program, while soliciting for speedy prosecution of maritime cases.
The Inspector General of Police, Solomon Arase in his remarks said the Force intends to re-brand the marine police so as to checkmate crimes at sea; promising his Naval counterpart that, the Nigerian Police will assist them in training its officers in civil law related to their duties.