The outgoing Flag Officer Commanding (FOC) Central Naval Command, Nigerian Navy, Rear Admiral Al-Hassan Abubakar Bello, yesterday handed over the mantle of leadership of the command to a new Flag Officer Commanding, Rear Admiral Saleh Usman, with a charge that he should continue to move the Command forward from where he stopped.
The handover ceremony, which was performed at CNC, Yenagoa, the Bayelsa State capital, was preceded by a handover/parade at Nigerian Navy Ship NNS Delta.
Al-Hassan, who reeled out the command’s achievements under his sevenmonth stewardship, said the Command deployed strategies that gave rise to continuous engagement with communities to curtail criminal activities within its area of operations.
He said: “Over 100 wooden boats and power driven boats engaged in illegalities in the creeks were either seized or destroyed. Part of these successes was attained through patrols at sea and within the backwaters as well as the conduct of exercises and operations such as Octopus Grip.
“The Command also recorded over 25,000 hours of boat patrols within the creeks and waterways between July and January 18, 2018.
Also, Navy maintained constant presence and deployed adequate ships to ensure that criminal activities in the maritime domain were curtailed,” he said.
The outgoing FOC further revealed that the CNC also destroyed over 900,000 metric tonnes of automotive gas oil, dual purpose kerosene and crude oil. Besides, Al-Hassan recalled that the Command under his watch recorded a cumulative 25,000 hours of boat patrols within creeks and waterways between July 2017 and January 2018, thereby reducing hostilities on oil and gas installations in the area.