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Peterside wants military-led patrols of maritime domain to battle piracy in Gulf of Guinea

Dakuku Peterside, Director General of NIMASA and Vice Admiral Ibok Ete-Ibas,
the Chief of the Naval Staff in a photograph with some Management staff of both
Chief of the Naval Staff, Vice
Admiral Ibok Ete-Ibas,  and Dr. Dakuku Peterside,
Director General of NIMASA,  during a visit of a delegation of NIMASA to the Naval HeadQuarters.
Dr. Dakuku Peterside, the Director General
of the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA) has
reiterated his desire for a military -led patrol of the Nigeria maritime domain
to curb the rising incidences of piracy in the Gulf of Guinea.


Dakuku Peterside,  the Director General of  NIMASA and Lt. General Tukur Buratai during a visit of a
delegation of NIMASA to the Army HeadQuarters.
The DG maintained that the rising issues
of piracy has affected the economic fortunes of the country and called on the
military to initiate a joint patrol of the maritime domain with a view to
decisively curbing this trend.
Peterside stated this when he led some
members of the Management of the Agency on a working visit to the Chief of the
Naval Staff (CNS), Vice Admiral Ibok Ete-Ibas and the Chief of Army Staff
(COAS), Lt. General Tukur Buratai at the Defence Head Quarters, Abuja.
Addressing the Service Chiefs separately, Peterside
acknowledged the gallantry of officers and men of the Nigerian Armed Forces in
the fight against insurgency.
The DG who noted that maritime security is
a national and international obligation of all stakeholders also called on the
Nigerian Navy to continue with the good job of fighting piracy which they have
been doing.
He also assured the CNS of NIMASA’s
resolve to strengthen the existing Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the
Navy in order to eradicate piracy and other criminal activities on Nigerian
Responding, Vice Admiral Ete-Ibas
congratulated Dr. Peterside on his appointment as NIMASA DG and pledged the
support of the Nigeria Navy to continue to partner the Agency in maintaining
safety and security on Nigerian waters.
The CNS stated that as a strategy to nip
the rising cases of piracy, the Nigerian Navy has deployed boat houses at the
entry points of the creeks and is in the process of inaugurating a surveillance
system being developed by the Office of the National Security Adviser to
increase its domain awareness.
At the Army Head Quarters, Lt. General
Buratai pledged the support of the Amphibious Brigade of the Nigerian Army to
collaborate with the NIMASA and other stakeholders to maintain security on
Nigerian waters.
The COAS who noted that the Nigerian Army
has the capacity to protect Nigeria’s maritime assets also expressed their
commitment to reducing the incidences of piracy, kidnapping and oil theft in
the Niger Delta.

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