Maritime security: Jamoh solicits Navy, Police synergy

The Director General of the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA), Dr Bashir Jamoh, has solicited the cooperation of the high command of the Nigerian Navy and the Police in the “water war”.
This is part of his efforts to make the Nigerian maritime domain uncomfortable for crimes to thrive, and bolstered by the recent commendation by the International Maritime Organisation (IMO).

Jamoh, who conveyed the message personally to the Chief of Naval Staff, Vice Admiral Ibot-Eket Ibas, and the Inspector General of Police, Mohammed Adamu, in their respective offices at Abuja, expressed his appreciation to the two important agencies for their support in bringing sanity to the maritime environment including the Gulf of Guinea.

He further intimated them with the international recognition of the various measures Nigeria is implementing to ensure that the waters are safe for the stakeholders to invest in diverse ventures considering the nation’s Deep Blue Project.

The management of NIMASA requires the synergy from the two powerful agencies in ensuring that the Suppression of Piracy and other Maritime Offences (SPOMO) Act, which was signed into law last year by President Muhammadu Buhari is diligently enforced to justify the essence of enacting the Act.

It will be recalled that the Secretary General of IMO, Mr Kitach Lim, had recently written to the DG, NIMASA, Dr Bashir Jamoh, to congratulate him on the efforts being made to rid the maritime industry of pirates.

“I would also like to reiterate my congratulations to the Nigerian Navy on the successful capture and arrest of pirates from the fishing trawler Hailufeng II, and more recently on the rescue of the crewmembers of the containership Tommi Ritscher,” Lim stated in the letter.

“Those actions, together with all the other initiatives you highlighted in our meeting, including progress with the Deep Blue Project, send a strong and valuable message to the international community with respect to the considerable efforts your Government is making to curb piracy and armed robbery against ships in the Gulf of Guinea,” he emphasised.

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