Tuesday said it would fight piracy activities as well as kidnappings within the
nation’s maritime domain.
General, Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA) Dr.
Ziakede Patrick Akpobolokemi; Executive Director, Maritime Labour and Cabotage
Services, Barr. Calistus Nwabueze Obi and Director, Shipping Development, Capt.
Warredi Enisuoh at a World Press Conference by the Agency
in Lagos today.
“ We have handed them over to the Navy to help us, and
working with them and the Civil Defense for prosecution, and some of the vessels are
in our custody.
Mr Ziakede Akpobolokemi, stated this in his end of year briefing to the press
ahead of piracy within the areas and with a promise to continue to frustrate
kidnappers in their evil act.
month plus, the number of attacks we have foiled in Lagos area and the number
of pirates in our custody, it will be alarming, none of them succeeded.
and do an attack because before even the attack, we are going out, we have got
can use in getting people.
should not pay for hostages to be released.
that is the truth about it. We must fearlessly approach any person that is
causing us problems. And we are going to sustain that, “ he said.
acquisition of warships and gunboats, adding that such rumours may have been
carried by those who have had difficulties in perpetrating their illegal
through a public private partnership arrangement being used by the Nigerian
Navy with whom the agency has a working agreement.
the vessels to aid their policing of the maritime domain,” Akpobolokemi
primary interest was to provide a safe maritime domain, which it had achieved
through the Satellite Surveillance Centre and an upgrade of the Global Maritime
Distress Safety System(GMDSS) and continuous inter-Agency relations with the
Nigerian Navy, the Nigerian Air Force and the Joint Task Force in the Niger