Friday 5 January 2024

Oil theft: Tinubu receives two Hi-Tech unmanned vessels from US

The Minister of State for Defence, Bello Matawalle, on Friday, January 5, presented two Hi-Tech unmanned water vessel to President Bola Tinubu.

The two unmanned ships were donation by Swift Ship Company in United States to Nigerian government.

The Director of Press and Public Relations in the Ministry of Defence, Henshaw Ogubike, said this in a statement on Friday, December 5.

He said the ships, S2 and S3 Swift Sea Stalkers, are to help in the fight against insecurity on our waterways.

According to the statement, Matawalle told President Tinubu, while presenting the two versions of the equipment at the Presidential Villa Abuja, that the equipment were latest technologies that would be deployed in fighting insecurity in Niger Delta, Lake Chad region and other maritime regions of the country.


The statement said: “The Minister said that the donation of the equipment was parts of the gains of his recent working visit to the United States.

“Matawalle intimated the President that the tour was aimed at promoting innovative technologies that would enhance the Nigerian military’s efficiency in addressing contemporary security challenges.

“In addition the Minister said that the idea was to encourage partnership with the US companies in the production of Military hardware locally in Nigeria in collaboration with Defence Industries Corporation of Nigeria (DICON).

“He said that the new found partnership would afford Nigeria the opportunity to learn the innovative ways of Military hardware production which is in line with President Ahmed Bola Tinubu’s Agenda in bringing peace and security to our dear nation.

“The Minister briefed the President that part of the facilities he inspected while in the US included rapid deployment mobile RADAR system, unmanned water vehicle, drone ground control station, and compact biometric search-scan system, among others.”

The statement said that the minister reassured the President that the cutting-edge military and intelligence hardware capabilities presented to him would go a long way in the fight against insecurity in Nigeria.

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