Determined to stem out criminality in the Niger Delta region, the Commander of Operation Delta Safe (OPDS), Rear Admiral Apochi Suleiman, with headquarters in Calabar, capital of Cross River state, has assured that the joint taskforce will not hesitate to enforce its mandate in the region, while expressing optimism in the troops readiness to contain any eventuality in the area.
The assurance for battle readiness was given when the Flag Officer Commanding Eastern Naval Command, Rear Admiral James Oluwole, recieved commander Suleiman in his office at the command headquatersr ,as both commanders seek the corporation of other security agencies in the country in order to forestall any threat to the country’s national interest.
The OPDS commander who spoke at Ikang border post in Bakassi Local Government Area of Cross River State, shortly after embarking on ‘Exercise Safety Check’, within the Niger Delta creeks, said the exercise was intended to ensure the protection of Nigeria’s critical infrastructures, while nipping other forms of criminality in the bud.
Fielding questions from reporters, Suleiman expressed confidence in the mental and physical fitness of the troops to discharge their duties effectively.
Members of the taskforce comprise of the Nigerian Army, Navy, Airforce, Police and NSCDC personnel.
Accompanied by the deputy force commander; land component, Brig. Gen. Kelvin Aligbe, the sector 4 commander, Col. NU Muktar, among other top officers, Rear Admiral Suleiman said “ This is a continuation of exercise safety check that started last week from Delta, Bayelsa,
Rivers, Akwa Ibom and Cross River.
“So far, you would agree with me that there has been relative peace within our joint operation area.What we have seen so far shows that our troops are ready and prepared for any eventuality. We are sure of enforcing the mandate that has been given to us.”
The military exercise took the team aboard several military gunboats to the Cameroun military post; Bataillon d’ Intervention Rapide (BIR), in Archibong in Bakassi Local Government area of Cross Rivers.