Cross River National News


The Federal Government has commissioned a project to check crude oil theft, illegal transfer at sea and piracy.

The National Security Adviser, Maj. Gen. Babagana Monguno, while commissioning the project called Nigerian Security Element Project 2 (NICEP) yesterday in Calabar, Cross River State said: “It is an attestation that the Federal Government is determined to stop illegalities in our waterways.”

The Chief of Naval Staff, Vice Admiral Ibok Ete Ekwe Ibas said: “The need for this infrastructure became expedient because of high rate of crime at sea, and the decision to implement the ‘Falcon Eye’ system is to present detailed picture of Nigeria’s maritime domain.”

Ben Ayade, the state governor, thanked the government and the Navy for the project. He said: “Cross River has a maritime boundary that is critical to our survival and security is very important to us as this project is expected to cover 200 nautical miles.”

Meanwhile, the Independent Petroleum Marketers Association of Nigeria (IPMAN) Lagos State chapter has threatened two-week warning strike over alleged exorbitant prices charged by depot owners.

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