Navy launches operation Octopus Grip in Bayelsa & Delta

Anambra community seeks compensation over Python Dance

The Central Naval Command of the Nigerian Navy yesterday launched operations ‘Octopus Grip’ in Bayelsa and Delta states, Just as the Nigerian Army prepares to end its ‘Operation Crocodile Smile’ in Bayelsa state.

Rear Admiral Abubakar Alhassan, the Flag Commanding officer, Central Naval Command said the operation was launched to unite on the gains of Operation Rivers Sweep launched in January this year.

He said the command seized and destroyed about 870,000 metric tons of illegally refined crude oil, destroyed over 400 illegal refineries, as well as 85 boats used by suspected oil thieves between May and September this year. Throwing more light on the operation at a news conference in Yenagoa, he said the sea exercise is expected to last for three days beginning from October 30 to November 1, 2017, and thereafter, the riverside operations would start and end on January 18, 2018.

Further speaking by  alhassan, “The Operation Octopus Grip will determine the capability of the operational bases in the conduct of riverine operations.“It will also provide an enabling environment for sustenance of oil and gas production, safety of shipping and other activities at sea,”

Still on the matter, the Oba Community in Idemili South Local Council of Anambra State has asked the Federal Government to pay  for the tension and damages caused during the Operation Python Dance.

President General of Akanano Union, Oba, Dozie Nweke, made the call yesterday while briefing newsmen in Oba, saying: “My people were so much harassed and high tension raised in the community because they had not seen the number of solders that came into the community before.Negative stories told about the soldiers in other places contributed in raising fear among the people and you cannot blame them. The Federal Government should as a matter of necessity pay compensation to assuage the trauma caused.”

Written by Modestus Uwadi


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