Anti-piracy war : NIMASA earns Nigeria global recognition
* As Dr Bashir Jamoh brings intelligence to bear in NIMASA
By Udeme Clement :
The Administration of President Muhammadu Buhari has made history on anti-piracy war, as Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency, NIMASA, in collaboration with Navy and Police arrested 27 pirates within the last two months.
This is most spectacular, as our investigations revealed that since 2016, this is the first time arrests of pirates have been made on our waterways.
This outstanding achievement made by NIMASA under the leadership of Dr Bashir Jamoh, in his first 100 days in office brought accolades for Nigeria, as International Maritime Organisation, IMO, an Agency of the United Nations commended NIMASA’s new strategies in fighting piracy on its waters.
Addressing maritime Journalists on his 100 days in office, Dr Jamoh disclosed that NIMASA is now using ntelligence driven strategies to tackle piracy at sea.
He explained that the Agency is working in strong collaboration with Navy, Marine Police and relevant stakeholders to thwart nefarious activities of sea pirates.
“We have a lot of work to do, as we discovered that sea pirates have syndicates operating with international allies.
So, we must fight this crime with intelligence, as well as technology to achieve maritime security.
“This implies that to ensure security within our maritime domain, we are going to depend more on intelligence gathering.”
He pointed out, “With the recent arrests of pirates, the International community can see that Nigeria is tackling the issue of piracy with all seriousness.
“We must not leave any stone unturned in anti-piracy war. At present, we have trained 156 personnel from Police, Navy and other relevant security agencies to tackle these criminalities on our waters”.
According to Dr Jamoh, his modus-operandi is anchored on maritime safety, security and shipping development.