Security: Ogun Gov’t, Nigerian Navy Collaborate Over Security At Riverine Communities
By Olu Osikoya
Ogun State government has entered into a special collaboration with leadership of the Nigerian Navy Commanding the Western Naval Command towards stepping up security of lives and properties for the citizens residing in the riverine communities of the state.
Led by the Flag Officer Commanding (FOC), Western Naval Command, Rear Admiral Jason Gbassa, the special collaboration meeting, which held at the governor’s office in Oke Mosan, Abeokuta, critically analysed the security challenges bedeviling the state for which the assistance of the Nigerian Navy was sought.
Speaking at the meeting, the state governor, Prince Dapo Abiodun declared the readiness of his administration to expend whatever it would cist the state towards ensuring that the collaborative efforts with the Nigerian Navy works.
Abiodun explained that the collaboration becomes inevitable in order to checkmate influx of the miscreants who takes advantage of the security lapses in the state’s coastal areas to perpetrate heinous crimes and escape justice, using through the waterside.
Aside from checkmating the influx and activities of the infiltrators the state through the waterways in Ogun corridors, Abiodun also disclosed that the collaboration with Nigerian Navy will further guarantee the needed safety for investors at the oil rich Tongeji Island in the Ipokia Local Government area as well as other residents of the Ogun Waterside communities particularly when the state’s Deep Sea Port finally takes off.
The governor had earlier, intimated Gbassa that kidnapping, armed robbery as well as cultism were the major crimes confronting the state, for which his administration would be needing the assistance of personnel of the Nigerian Navy alongside other sister security agencies.
The governor, who donated a pickup truck to the Naval Command to aid their operations and a car to the Nigeria Navy Secondary School, Abeokuta, equally promised to look at the issue of infrastructure in the school.
The governor however, assured that his administration will would continue to do all it can to support all security agencies in the state so as to make their jobs easier.
In his remarks, the FOC, Gbassa assured the personnel of the Nigerian Navy under his watch will not let the state down, but live up to the expectations of providing security for the areas in full accordance with its statutory functions.
Disclosing that the military’s joint security outfit: “OP WATSE” was originally established in the year 2014 to provide security for the petroleum pipelines from the Atlas Cove, to the Mosinmi Depot, Gbassa however, declared that the emerging security situation in the country has necessitated that the scope of the operation be reviewed to cover the entirety of the South West region and was renamed as the Joint Taskforce, Operational WATSE, South West Region.
“We now have more deployment of personnel in those riverine areas as it is our commitment to show more presence and curb criminal activities towards ensuring that those criminal elements, who use that flank to escape justice are actually brought to book”.
With veil reference to any external attack on any of the Nigerian facilities through the riverine, Gbassa disclosed that the Navy Southern Command under his watch has increased the naval’s presence, particularly at the Tongeji Island and as such, sending big signals to any external aggressors.
“For now, we have a presence at the Tongeji Island and we are trying to scale up our presence through some of the outposts, but not a full base”.
“We have shown much presence that it is difficult for enemies, particularly the neighbouring country to make any claim at Tongeji Island. What is left just the the governments to connect that community by a road through a bridge that will link Tongeji Island with the mainland and as such, makes living more easier for Nigerians in that axis”.