Wednesday, 6 August 2014


The Nigerian Navy has beefed up security around the River Niger Bridge in Onitsha, Anambra State, to combat any possible terrorist attack around the waterways.This was made known by the Commanding Officer of Naval Out-post, Onitsha, Navy Capt. Mike Oamen, in an interview with NAN reporter in Onitsha.According to him, the bridge was under heavy surveillance as naval personnel had been deployed to the area as part of a standard security measure to guard against any possible threat. 

"We are on top of the water (River Niger); the way we did it is concentric lines of defence. So, we patrol the waterways; as you come into the land, the marine police are there. Because there is a gradual organisation as you come from water to land, land to water. That is the standard security architecture – the Navy on water, then by the side of the water you have the marine police; then you graduate into land, army and like that. But the way we are doing in Anambra is a joint operation; you can even see Navy at Uga Junction. So, we just look at strategic locations in terms of logistics; we are all working together, because that is our strength: our togetherness" he said.

Oamen commended the people for their co-operation with security operatives in flushing out criminals who had been in the business of giving bad image to the state. 

"We need more information whether through the 112 hotline or any other means to make sure we permanently get rid of these hoodlums disturbing the peace of law-abiding residents of Onitsha" he said.

The Niger Bridge which is described as the National Unity Bridge, is also known as the Onitsha Bridge in Anambra State. The bridge which was constructed between 1964 and 1965, by a French construction giant, "Dumez", connects southeastern part of the country with the western axis over the River Niger. 

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