Ex-DGs’ trials, $195m security contract, probe and other top NIMASA stories of 2018 

NIMASA to stop issuance of Cabotage waivers to oil firms
NIMASA Director-General, Dakuku Peterside. PHOTO CREDIT: NIMASA

The trials of three former Directors-General of the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA) namely Patrick Akpobolokemi, Calistus Obi and Haruna Jauro, for various alleged crimes, which started in 2015, continued in 2018 and remained a dominant story through the war.

Other top stories concerning the nation’s apex maritime regulatory agency in the course of the year include protests by cadets under the agency’s National Seafarers Development Programme (NSDP), implementation of the International Ships & Ports Facility Security Code (ISPS) Code, an idle floating dock wasting away at the Marina waterfront, Lagos and the kidnap of mother of one of the agency’s serving Executive Directors, among several others. 

We serve you the highlights below:  

1. Reps accuse 12 shipping firms of diverting $300m

2. FG reinstates controversial $195m maritime security contract

3. NIMASA: Former Acting DG, Calistus Obi, admits diverting N331m to build hotel

4. NNPC GMD says Nigerian shipping companies lack capacity to lift crude oil

5. Reps probe N30bn NIMASA contracts

6. Citing NIMASA documents, Falana says $12.7bn crude oil stolen in 4 years

7. EXCLUSIVE: NIMASA’s multibillion naira floating dock lies idle, gulps N180m

8. NIMASA NSDP cadets protest delay in sea time training

9. Gunmen kidnap NIMASA Executive Director’s mother, demand N300m ransom

10. ISPS Code: NIMASA shuts Heyden, Waziri, NIPCO jetties, 2 others