House Of Reps Public Hearing: Navy Disassociates Itself From Personal Comments Of Senior Officer

By Frank Oshanugor

The Nigerian Navy has disassociated itself from the comments of a senior officer who represented the Service on Monday at the Public Hearing of the House of Representatives Committee on National Security and Intelligence.

In a statement on Tuesday by the Chief of Naval Staff, the Nigerian Navy said the officer had merely expressed his personal opinion which was at variance with position of the Navy.

According to the statement “the House of Representatives Committee on National Security and Intelligence yesterday 27 September 2021 held a public hearing on 4 Bills, including the Bill for an Act to Establish the National Commission Against Proliferation of Small Arms and Light Weapons (HB 10).”

“During the hearing on this Bill, the representative of the Nigerian Navy (NN) duly presented the position of the Service on the proposed Act but went ahead to make some unauthorized, personal comments on the issue of transnational trafficking of small arms and light weapons. This is as it relates to neighbours with which Nigeria maintains robust diplomatic security relationships/collaborations; a personal opinion that is at variance with the position of the NN.”

“The NN wishes to categorically dissociate itself from the view of the senior officer. The NN appreciates the indelible contributions of our regional partners/neighbours in the fight against small arms and light weapons trafficking. Pertinently, effective and sustained regional cooperation towards ensuring maritime security in the Gulf of Guinea is a key pronty of the NN.”

“Against this background, the Service acknowledges the regional security efforts of our neighbouring countries within the existing frameworks of bilateral and multilateral cooperations and commits to working assiduously to strengthening these arrangements. Onwards Together.”

Written by: Frank Oshanugor

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