Commander, Odekpe Naval Outpost, Ogbaru near Onitsha, Navy Captain Adekunle Kamal Okeniyi has warned criminals to leave its vicinity, stressing that the military would not succumb to any form of intimidation by the recent attacks in the State.
Okeniyi spoke to newsmen days after the Naval Chief of Staff, Vice Admiral Awwal Gambo had visited the Outpost to commiserate with officers and men over the loss of its personnel in the hands of gunmen a few weeks ago.
He urged officers and men to be vigilant and more dedicated to their professional calling, insisting they should put the ugly incidents of the past weeks behind them as law enforcement agents were working round the clock to forestal future occurrence as well as apprehending the culprits.
Okeniyi who was visibly worried over the killing of his soldiers by suspected gunmen for no verifiable reason further called on the soldiers to continue to maintain professionalism and decorum in the discharge of their constitutional duties, stressing that the death of their colleagues would not be in vain.
He implored officers and men of the Outpost to redouble their efforts in crime fighting as well as dealing with those planning to invite anarchy in the state.
Okeniyi who was newly deployed to Odekpe Naval Outpost, said the Chief of Naval Staff visit was a routine and first of such visit to Naval formation in Anambra State since after assumption of office barely two months ago.
He disclosed that his posting to Odekpe Naval Outpost was to restore confidence among Officers and men of the outfit and threatened to deal ruthlessly with organized criminal gangs and those wishing to disrupt the security architecture of the State.
He however, called on the citizens to put behind them ugly incidents of the past weeks in which security agents have been subject of unprovoked attacks, promising that Navy would not be deterred from contributing in large measure to security of lives and property of residents of the State in which Gov. Obiano was working assiduously to improve.
Odekpe Naval Outpost had been instrumental to the current security of lives and property experienced by both residents of its area of operations.
Before the establishment of Naval Outpost in Odekpe, the riverine area, including Omambala were beehive of criminal activities, but the Nigerian Navy presence has helped to restore normalcy in the area with the springing up of numerous business activities in the riverine areas of Omambala and Onitsha axis.