March 23, 2019 (8 months ago) · Peace & Environment Africa Awards
The origin of the Nigerian Navy could be traced to the Marine Department of the Royal Navy established in 1887 as a quasi-military organization, which combined the duties of the present-day Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA), the Nigerian Inland Waterways Authority and the Nigerian Navy. Elements of the Marine Department took part in military operations against the Germans in Cameroun during the First World War between 1914–1918. However, the colonial administration did not consider it necessary to establish a proper navy, as they believed that it was the duty of the Royal Navy to give naval protection to Nigeria. Also, the Marine Department was considered adequate to look after security of the ports and coastal approaches and provide harbour services for Royal Navy ships on West African patrols. This was the situation until the end of the Second World War in 1945.
The renewed vigor in the war against crude oil theft and pipeline vandalism is yielding results with the increase in the destruction of illegal refineries, barges, and wooden boats as well as arrests of suspected oil thieves. Between January 2014 and November 2016, NN patrols led to the arrest of 144 vessels involved in criminal activities. Furthermore, the NN has destroyed about 388 illegal refineries, 75 barges, 341 wooden boats, 4,262 auxiliary equipment and arrested 202 persons in the same period. The success of the NN’s efforts can be attested to by the fact that between 2015 and 2016, 2,765 crude oil tankers successfully loaded a total of 971,673, 751 metric tons of crude oil safely from Nigeria’s maritime domain on behalf of the Federal Government without any incidence of attack.