Former Flag Officer Commanding, Naval Training Command, Apapa, Lagos State, Rear Admiral Joseph Okojie, has taken over as the commander of the newly-created Operation Delta Safe.
Okojie took over on Friday from the Commander of the defunct Joint Military Task Force, Operation Pulo Shield, Major General Alani Okunlola, who has been moved to the Defence Headquarters, Abuja.
The Defence Headquarters had recently scrapped the JTF in the Niger Delta, Operation Pulo Shield, as part of the efforts to ensure a better protection of oil pipelines and curtail insecurity in the region.
The Acting Director, Defence Information, Brig.-Gen.Rabe Abubakar, had said that the OPS was replaced with Operation Delta Safe.
The formal handover ceremony, which included the replacement of the OPS flag with that of the ODS’s flag, took place at the new headquarters of Operation Delta Safe at Igbogene on the outskirts of Yenagoa, Bayelsa State.
Okojie is the first military officer from the Navy to assume the headship of the command since its inception.
Speaking to journalists after inspecting a guard of honour, Okunlola said during his stint as the OPS commander, that he and his team had recorded a number of achievements they were proud of.
“We came, we saw, we conquered. Nigeria expects everybody to do their duty and I have done mine in the Niger Delta,” Okunlola stated.
On the challenges he confronted as the OPS commander, the outgone commander confessed they were numerous, mentioning the Niger Delta terrain and threat to security in the region, as some of the challenges.
He said, “The terrain of the region itself is a challenge. It is a very difficult challenge and of course you know all the threats to security in the environment which we have been contending with.
“And of course, you know logistics can never be enough, but the Federal Government has done enough to support us and with the support we had, we were able to achieve the milestones we achieved.