MARITIMESomali Pirates Responsible For Attacks On Nigerian Waters – NIMASA - THE TIDE
The Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA) has blamed Somali pirates for the incessant attacks on the nation’s waterways.
The agency said that a maritime intelligence unit established by NIMASA to nip maritime crimes in the bud through identification of early warning signs had revealed a relationship between crimes in the Nigerian maritime domain and the Somali pirates.
The Director-General of NIMASA, Bashir Jamoh, disclosed this when he received the new Consul-General of the Korean Embassy, Kang Haenggu, and Ambassador Designate of Belgium, Daniel Bertrand, who visited the agency’s headquarters in Lagos, recently.
Jamoh said that Somali pirates are now active in Nigerian waters and the Gulf of Guinea.
NIMASA in a statement by its spokesman, Philip Kyanet, quoted Jamoh, as saying that the pirates often navigated through Nigeria’s maritime boundaries, and sometimes came through the land borders.
“We discovered a correlation between crimes in our waters and the activities of the Somali pirates.
“They have a means of navigating from the coast of Somalia to Nigeria, through the waters of our West African neighbours. In some cases, they enter through the land borders and commission boats to carry out their activities,” he said.
Jamoh called for South Korean and Belgian investments in the Nigerian maritime industry, particularly in the areas of wreck removal and shipbuilding, as well as assistance in the training and certification of Nigerian seafarers.
Earlier, the envoys separately acknowledged the security challenges in the Gulf of Guinea and promised to support Nigeria’s efforts to improve security and enhance trade in the Nigerian maritime domain.