Bayelsa Gets New JTF Commander

A new Commander, Rear Adm. John Okeke, has assumed duty as the new Joint Task Force Commander, Operation Delta Safe (OPDS), with a promise to continue from where his predecessor stopped.

He made this known on Thursday, during the handover ceremony at the headquarters of the Operation Delta Safe, in Yenagoa.

He took over from Rear Adm. Olusegun Ferreira, who have been moved to Abuja, as Chief of Training and Operations. Until his posting as the new JTF Commander OPDS, Okeke, was the Chief Staff Officer, Central Naval Command.

Okeke thanked the outgoing Commander for his leadership style, also assured that, he will add a proactive driven effort to curb all forms of criminalities and their networks.

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He disclosed the strategies he will use, which includes strengthening the synergy and coercion among the various units, components and formations of the task force for effective results.

The immediate past commander, Rear Adm. Olusegun Ferreira, said, the operation under his command has destroyed and dislodged major militant camps in the Niger Delta, thereby boosting security in the region. The relative peace in the command had greatly increased crude oil production index of the country, which has risen.

According to him, the increase is due to the serious checks against oil pipeline vandalism in the region. The mandate of the Operation Delta Safe is very clear that is to deter crude oil theft and all forms of criminality in the Niger Delta.

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Fereirra, said all the task is on daily basis, urging the troops to remain resolute, remain determine as they carry out there operations.

He also charge them to abstain from their collation with criminals and also to remain steadfast in whatever they are doing for good records.

By Owunna Goodness, Bayelsa