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Nigerian Navy warns officers against partisanship in the 2015 general elections

The Nigerian Navy has warned its officers against partisanship in the 2015 general elections.

Outgoing Flag Officer Commanding, Eastern Naval Command, Rear Admiral Charles Medani gave this warning today in Calabar, during the official handover of the leadership of the command to his successor, Rear Admiral Henry.

Rear Admiral Medani urged officials to maintain neutrality during the conduct of the exercise, adding that they were at liberty to vote for their preferred candidates during the election.

He also said it was the responsibility of the Navy to support the Independent National Electoral Commission to ensure peaceful and successful conduct of 2015 general elections.

Rear Admiral Medani said, as citizens, the officers are entitled to vote for candidates of their choice, but as uniform personnel, they must be strictly neutral in discharging whatever security responsibilities that they have been ordered to carry out in support of INEC.

Rear Admiral Medani, who has been redeployed to the naval headquarters in Abuja, also recounted some achievements of the command in the 312 days of his stewardship.

He said the command has reduced the rate of piracy, adding that only four cases of attacks on oil tankers and service vessels were recorded.

He urged officers and ratings of the command to give his successor the required support to move the command forward, adding that during his stay he fought hard to stop illegal lifting of Nigeria’s crude oil.

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