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FG SECURES 10 CONVICTIONS FOR VARIOUS MARITIME OFFENCES SINCE THE SUPPRESSION OF PIRACY ACT LAW SIGNED IN JUNE 2019.

 

 

 

 

The Federal Government has secured 10 convictions for various maritime offences since the Suppression of Piracy and other Maritime Offences Act was signed into law in June 2019.

President Muhammadu Buhari disclosed this at the official flag-off of the Integrated National Security and Waterways Protection Infrastructure in Nigeria at the ENL Terminal, Apapa Port, Lagos, also known as the Deep Blue Project.

The president who expressed confidence in the project, said it will provide robust maritime security architecture, and enhance maritime domain awareness capability as well as improve law enforcement action, particularly in the prosecution of suspects under the Suppression of Piracy and other Maritime Offences Act which He signed into law in June 2019.

He called for greater collaboration among countries in the Gulf of Guinea to secure Nigeria’s waters and beyond.

President Buhari also noted that the assemblage of the new maritime security assets was coming at a critical time when global discussions are centred on piracy activities and the new dimension it has taken in the region.

He said With the world’s waters accounting for over 80% of transportation requirements of the global economy, concerted efforts and innovative actions are required to address attendant security challenges.

The president said Therefore, the flag-off of the project marks an important milestone in this regard and in the collective effort to tackle security challenges in the form of piracy and other maritime crimes in Nigeria and the Gulf of Guinea noting It is also a demonstration of government’s strong commitment to ensuring security.

He noted that This intervention, will no doubt, facilitate a conducive environment for the maritime sector to thrive and contribute to the diversification of the Nigerian economy.

The president commended the Ministers of Transportation, Defence, the Chief of Naval Staff, the Director-General NIMASA, members of the Steering Committee, the Project Management Team and all other government stakeholders who had worked together to bring this initiative of the administration to fruition.

The president who assured of government’s commitment to ensure the project’s sustainability, also urged all critical stakeholders to work collectively for the greater benefit of all Nigerians, member states of the Gulf of Guinea and the global maritime community.

President Buhari at the inauguration, witnessed the demonstration of a range of assets to tackle maritime security, and also supervised the naming of two Vessels, Deep Blue Abuja (DB-Abuja) and Deep Blue Lagos (DB-Lagos) by the Minister of State, Transportation, Sen. Gbemisola Saraki.

On his part minister of transportation Mr Rotimi Amaechi commended president Buhari for Making the project a reality.
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