Rear Admiral Ferguson Bobai, Flag Officer Commanding (FOC) Western Naval Command, gave the pledge on Tuesday in Abeokuta when he paid a courtesy visit to Governor Ibikunle Amosun.
He said that plans were underway to establish a Naval Base at Tongeji Island in Ipokia Local Government Area of the state, to check maritime fraud.
“In a short distance, we will establish a naval unit there to fight the numerous maritime illegalities that are being carried out in that stretch between Badagry and Benin Republic through the Tongeji Island axis.
“It is hoped that when the naval base is established there, it will act as checkpoint where people must pass through to go to Benin Republic.
“Once our presence is established there, it’s like you have virtually block them.
“We expect to see a decline in some of these illegal activities within that stretch, he said.
Bobai said that the Navy in collaboration with the Nigeria Customs Service arrested some pipeline vandals and contraband smugglers in the area.
He expressed the readiness of the command to tackle the menace of militancy in the state, saying the operation is ongoing.
He said that the operation, tagged, “Operation Awatse” would ensure eradication of militants in the area.