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NIMASA working with relevant security agencies to rescue crew on board hijacked vessel

The Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency
(NIMASA) on  Monday said it had commenced search and rescue operations for the abducted 12 crew
members onboard MV GLARUS owned by ALLISON Shipping, which was hijacked off
Bonny Island in Rivers State, to ensure that they are found and released

Speaking in Lagos on Monday the Director General of
the Agency, Dr. Dakuku Peterside stated that NIMASA was working closely with the
Forward Operation Base (FOB) and the Falcon Eye of the Nigerian Navy along with
other relevant security Agencies.

Dr. Dakuku who condemned the act noted that the Agency
is saddened about the attack and assured that NIMASA will not leave any stone
unturned in the rescue mission. He also assured that the perpetrators of this
act and others of its kind are brought to book.
“The issue of piracy in the Gulf of Guinea is a
challenge we acknowledge and we are determined to tackle it head-on. We will
continue to collaborate with the Nigerian Navy and other relevant partners to
ensure we bring it to a halt. Zero tolerance to piracy and all forms of
illegalities on our nation’s waterways is our goal”, 
the DG said.
It would be recalled that   NIMASA
recently adopted total spectrum maritime security strategy which is a
multidimensional approach that includes investment on intelligence and
partnership with relevant security Agencies to curb maritime related
it also include building of Nigeria’s  response
capabilities with the use of Fast Intervention Vessels and the review of our
laws, especially the anti-piracy bill which will give the Agency the legal
backing to prosecute issues relating to piracy on our waters.  

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