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Navy raises alarm over fake maritime security outfits

 Navy raises alarm over fake maritime security outfits

By Sumaila Ogbaje

The Nigerian Navy (NN) has raised scare about these it described as impostors and self-acclaimed maritime security outfits made use of naval uniforms and accoutrements to deceive, harass, intimidate and defraud unsuspecting participants of the public.

The Navy said this whereas expressing downside over the proliferation of false maritime security outfits the utilization of uniforms and accoutrements semblance of its uniforms, in particular in the South-South part of the country on Friday.

The Director of Recordsdata, NN, Commodore Adedotun Ayo-Vaughan, in an announcement in Abuja, described the outfits as false and illegal.

Ayo-Vaughan said just some of the outfits would bound to this point as promoting recruitment forms to the public and even habits secret recruitment exercises and practicing.

In response to him, the activities of these impostors and miscreants are on the upward thrust, however the proscription negate of the Federal Authorities official Gazette No. 58 Vol 100 titled “the Dissolution and Proscription of Sure Associations Suppose, 2013” banning all such companies/outfits.

“The Suppose in Paragraph 2 states that ‘As from the commencement of this Suppose, the dissolved and proscribed associations shall not be fashioned into any novel associations by with out reference to name or title, within the meaning of this Suppose.

“Suffice to reveal that the NN in the previous, had arrested and handed over for prosecution, participants of heaps of these outlawed organisations.

“Then again, their illegal activities have persisted unabated in some sides of the country, in particular the South-South geopolitical zone.”

Naval spokesperson said some proscribed maritime outfits running illegally in the nation had been Nigerian Service provider Navy, Nigerian Service provider Navy Coastal Defence Drive and Nigerian Soar Guard, Service provider Navy Maritime Academy.

Others, essentially essentially based on him, are the Nigerian Service provider Navy Soar Guard Security and Safety Corps, Maritime Security Company as effectively as Nigerian Maritime Legislation Enforcement Company, amongst others.

He said the proliferation of the illegal outfits turn out to be once worrisome and may per chance doubtless worsen the scourge of insecurity in the country with doubtless grave affect on national security.

Ayo-Vaughan said it had change into basic to reveal the public and charm for caution, urging public to forward knowledge about the impostors and illegal outfits to the navy to facilitate their arrest.

He said the naval operatives, along side reasonably just a few maritime law enforcement agencies, would proceed to preserve vigilance with a scrutinize to locating, apprehending and prosecuting them in line with the prison guidelines of the land.

“Participants of the public are thus enjoined to file any suspected impostor or false maritime security personnel to the closest police situation and/or naval execrable.

“To boot, participants of the public are suggested not to patronise or purchase entry/recruitment forms from these proscribed outfits.

“File suspicious behaviour of any community of persons or organisations who claim to be personnel of the NN or who are stumbled on carrying or in possession of naval uniforms and accoutrements or the same uniforms and accoutrements, including these conducting false recruitment and naval practicing.

“The Nigerian Navy doesn’t sell entry/recruitment forms to the public as is the observe of heaps of these fraudsters.

“Attributable to this truth, anyone promoting recruitment forms is not a naval personnel but an impostor.

“The perpetrators of these illegalities are warned that the Nigerian Navy as statutorily empowered, will bound away no stone unturned in her thunder to stable the maritime environment for enhanced security of lives and properties.”

This may also stable the habits of official maritime commerce as effectively as associated economic activities in the territorial waters. (NAN) (


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