5 Nigerian Navy, US, Italian Ships for Sea Exercise NEMO

The Nigerian Navy is to participate in the annual multi-national sea Exercise tagged Grand African NEMO within the Eastern Naval Command Area of Responsibility.

While disclosing this on Thursday, Maj. Gen. John Enenche, said some foreign ships from Italy and US are also expected to participate in the Exercise.

The ships, according to him, include United States Ship Hershel Woody Williams and Italian Navy Ship Martinengo.

Enenche, Coordinator of the Defence Media Operations (DMO), in a press briefing on military operations, said the participating Nigerian Navy ships include NNS Thunder, Okpabana, Kyanwa, Gongola And Nns Shiroro.

He equally stated that troops have continued to sustain aggressive kinetic operations against armed bandits and other criminals, in the North Central.

“Troops of Operation WHIRL STROKE, in conjunction with the Defence Intelligence Agency Tactical Surveillance team, conducted a dawn raid operation to a suspected armed bandits’ hideout at Maraban Udege in Nasarawa State. The operation led to the arrest of a notorious bandit, one “Adamu Abu”, with one locally made rifle and 4 rounds of ammunition,” he said

The DMO Coordinator, added that troops of Operation WHIRL STROKE and 117 Guards Battalion, while on a joint clearance operation around Mararaba Udege in Nasarawa State, on September 25, raided a suspected kidnappers’ camp along Bakonu road in Nasarawa LGA.

During the operation, he said, troops neutralized two kidnappers and rescued threr kidnapped victims.

“Thereafter, the troops conducted a dawn raid operation at an identified militia hideout around Kwaghaondo village in Chanchanji council ward of Takum Local Government Area of Taraba State. The gallant troops neutralized two bandits during the encounter while one AK 47 rifle, one magazine and 15 rounds of 7.62mm Special ammunition were recovered.

“Furthermore, on 1 October 2020, troops of Operation SAFE HAVEN in collaboration with personnel of Nigerian Navy School of Armament Technology Kachia, arrested an armed bandit, one “Nuhu Pate” at Laduga in Kachia Local Government Area of Kaduna State, following credible intelligence on his whereabout.

“Gentlemen of the press, it is noteworthy to mention that the suspect is allegedly one of the criminal masterminds behind several robberies, kidnappings and other heinous activities in the Southern Kaduna general area,” Gen. Enenche added.

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