By Ushang Ewa
The new Flag Officer Commanding the Eastern Naval Command of the Nigerian Navy in Calabar, rear Admiral Victor Adedipe has said that the command will “weed” out kidnappers that have been terrorizing Cross River State for the past 48 months.
Adedipe stated this while responding to a question on securing the creeks in Calabar, the Cross River capital suspected to be used as hideouts for kidnappers while on a familiarization tour of facilities under his command in the state.
“I assure you that within the creeks which we operate for whatever information we get as pertaining to any of those outlets we are going to weed them out,” he said.
He said the Navy will work with other security agencies to ensure peace is sustained and pointed out that by his assessment, they were ready to combat any challenges.
This comes barely two weeks after he had warned he was taking over from his predecessor, Rear Admiral James Oluwole with “renewed vigor to add value to what my predecessor has done in furtherance of the strategic directive of the Chief of the Naval Staff to ensuring that peace is further sustained within the area and ensuring those who are planning and constantly attacking our national resources are put on check.”
The Nation reports that some of the facilities visited included the Nigerian Navy Secondary School, Akpabuyo; Atimbo Navy Barracks; Akim Navy Barracks; Nigeria Navy Reference Hospital; Nigeria Navy Primary School Ikot Ansa; and the Nigerian Navy Ship Victory headquarters in Calabar.