President Muhammadu Buahri has flagged off a number of security assets that will aid maritime security in the country.
The launch will help Nigeria Maritime Adminstration and Safety Agency (NIMASA) in what is called the Deep Blue Project to protect the coastal waters against sea piracy.
The project is a comprehensive strategy designed by the Ministry of Transportation to tackle maritime insecurity through the deployment of Command, Control, Communication, Computer, and Intelligence Centre (C4i) for intelligence gathering and data collection. In all, 16 armoured vehicles for coastal patrol; 600 specially trained troops for interdiction, known as Maritime Security Unit. On air, there will be two Special Mission Aircraft for surveillance of the Exclusive Economic Zone, three Special Mission Helicopters for search and rescue; and four Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (Drones). The sea assets consist of two Special Mission Vessels and 17 Fast Interceptor Boats.
The Deep Blue Project assets would be deployed to prevent pipeline vandalism, oil theft, illegal bunkering, arms smuggling, drug trafficking, human trafficking, and illegal fishing.
The president rode on a train from Ebute Metta to Apapa after commissioning the rail line to Ibadan. The same railway now connects Apapa ports.