The newly appointed Flag Officer Commanding, Eastern Naval Command, Rear Admiral Sanusi Ibrahim has assured officers and ratings of the command  of  his preparedness to lead them in flushing out all criminal elements operating along the coastal lines of Calabar channels as well as those terrorizing people within the Command’s Area of Responsibility. Admiral Ibrahim gave the assurance during the handing and taking over ceremony at the Headquarters Eastern Naval Command, Calabar.

He reiterated that the Command under his watch will appraise every situation to strategize on how to intensify the fight against maritime crimes such as, sea robbery, illegal oil bunkering, crude oil theft and other criminalities. ‘‘What we want to do is to appraise our situation and come up with strategies that will further enhance our operational capacity and efficiency’’ he said.

Ibrahim added that the time has come when the Eastern Naval Command will ride off all the criminals making life uncomfortable for innocent citizens within its Area of Responsibility. The Flag Officer Commanding, also charged officers and ratings of the Command to be mindful of their responsibilities which they had sworn oath of allegiance to make the water ways peaceful for both travelers as well as businessmen and women along the Calabar channels. He maintained that he is mindful of the huge responsibilities on his shoulders and solicited the support, commitment and understanding of the officers and ratings to enable him succeed.

In his address, the Flag Officer Commanding said, “We must be receptive and responsible for those placed under us in the spirit of our long cherished ethos of divisional system and reinvigorate this system by giving everyone a sense of belonging. However, the command in the past has done a lot; we will work hard within the limits of what we have and put in our best to ensure that our maritime space is secured’’

Other events performed by the Command during the ceremony include handing and taking over of the Command insignia, lowering of the Distinguishing Flag of the out gone Acting Flag Officer Commanding, Commodore Priston Efedue and hoisting of the Distinguishing Flag of the Flag Officer Commanding Rear Admiral Sanusi Ibrahim.

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