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Why we ceded Takwa-Bay Island to the Navy – NPA

The Nigerian Port Authority (NPA) said handing over about 18 hectare of land at Takwa-Bay Island, Lagos to the Nigerian Navy for establishing a Forward…

The Nigerian Port Authority (NPA) said handing over about 18 hectare of land at Takwa-Bay Island, Lagos to the Nigerian Navy for establishing a Forward Operating Base (FOB) would end pipeline vandalism and crude oil theft in the area.
Daily Trust had earlier reported that the Nigerian Navy embarked on OPERATION KUROMBE, to dislodge Criminal elements who have converted Takwa-Bay Island into a safe haven for their notorious activities.
It was reported that long before the Operatives of the Nigerian Navy Ship (NNS) BEECROFT dislodged illegal occupants living on the island the place had been notorious for pipeline vandalism.
Over 300,000 plastic jerry cans containing petroleum products syphoned from ruptured pipeline belonging to the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) were impounded by naval men.
Aside, the petroleum products seized, several wooden boats also known as Cotonou boats, pumping machines, generators as well as trucks were also impounded during operation KUROMBE.
Speaking at the handing over ceremony which was held penultimate Wednesday, the Managing Director of NPA, Hadiza Bala Usman, said the move is to help check the increasing case of pipeline vandalism and crude oil theft by the former occupants of the Island.
Usman who was represented at the function by Ahmed Yussuf from the land department of NPA said the discussion on the  Foward Operating Base started since 2010 between the NPA and the Nigerian Navy, and that NPA accepted to hand over the land June 24, 2020.
“We are pleased with the partnership we have with the Nigerian  Navy, it has been a long one and we believe that  establishment  will go a long way to strengthen  the relationship  between both parties  in securing  the facilities.
“Our expectations  is that the Nigerian Navy will fully deploy and utilize  this place so that it will serve the purpose  which is given for, ”  he said.
“Also the NPA general manager said that the choice of the location is strategic, and it will  stop   the threat from the miscreant  both on the island and in the water that their presence here will not disrupt our port in  other activities on the remaining  land that we owned  on top of the tarkwa bay island” she added
On his part, the Flag Commanding Officer (FOC) Western Naval Command, Rear Admiral, Oladele Daji, said the official take over of the island for the purpose of esterblishing a Foward Operating Base (FOB) would help to check activities of vandals in the area.
Admiral Daji who was represented at the function by the Chief Staff Officer, Western Naval Command, Rear Admiral Tanko Pani said both the Navy and NPA had been battling to dislodge Criminal gangs who have converted the place into a safe haven for their activities right from the inception.
The FOC  explained that the Tarkwa Bay Island has been under siege due to the activities of those he referred to as “unpatriotic  Nigerians”, who he said have been carrying out piracy and vandalism  of pipelines belonging to the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation ( NNPC)   as well as involving  in other criminal activities.
He said this therefore  necessitated the authorization of  OPERATION KUROMBE by the defence headquarters.
“Operation Kurombe  dislodged the criminals and their collaborators from their hide outside on the island, and also the arrest of some suspected  vandals,  confiscation of nine trucks of which six were fully loaded with siphoned petroleum  products from NNPC pipelines two days ago” he said.

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