Maritime crimes: Nigeria secures 10 convictions in 2 years

The federal government has secured 10 convictions for various maritime since the Suppression of Piracy and other Maritime Act was signed into law in June 2019, President Muhammadu Buhari said Thursday in .

stated this at the official flag-off of the Integrated and Waterways Protection Infrastructure in Nigeria also known as the Deep Blue Project at the ENL Terminal, Apapa Port, .

‘‘I am confident that the project, which provides robust maritime security architecture, will enhance maritime domain awareness capability and improve law enforcement ac8tion, particularly in the prosecution of suspects under the Suppression of Piracy and other Maritime Act which I signed into law in June 2019.

‘‘This Flag-off is an important step in the continuing shift in strategic action about regional maritime security.

‘‘It will serve as a benchmark for member states in the Gulf of Guinea and other relevant stakeholders to further develop innovative strategies and align efforts with the subsisting framework to improve maritime security in the region,’’ he said.

Calling for greater collaborations among countries in the Gulf of Guinea to secure Nigeria’s waters and beyond, said the assemblage of the new maritime security assets was coming at a critical time when global discussions are centered on piracy activities and the new dimension it has taken in the region.

‘‘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 .

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

‘‘This intervention, no doubt, will facilitate a conducive environment for the maritime sector to thrive and contribute to the diversification of the Nigerian economy,’’ he said.

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

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