The Director General, Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA), Dr. Dakuku Peterside has reiterated the imperative of a military-led patrol of the Nigeria maritime domain to curb the rising incidences of piracy in the Gulf of Guinea.
He said the rising cases 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, Vice Admiral Ibok Ete-Ibas and the Chief of Army Staff, Lt. General Tukur Buratai at the Defence Head Quarters in Abuja.
He said maritime security is a national and international obligation of all stakeholders. He 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 waters.
Responding, Vice Admiral Ete-Ibas congratulated 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 arrest the rising cases of piracy, the Nigerian Navy has deployed boathouses 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 Headquarters, the Chief of Army Staff, Lt. General Buratai pledged the support of the Amphibious Brigade of the Nigerian Army to collaborate with 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 commitment to reducing the incidences of piracy, kidnapping and oil theft in the Niger Delta.
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