By GODFREY RIVBERE & VICTORIA EDMA
Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA) is set to partner with the Nigerian Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) in its effort to effectively combat activities of pirates on the nation’s waterway.
Director General of NIMASA, Patrick Akpobolokemi, who disclosed the intention of the agency in Lagos yesterday, noted that the collaboration became necessary following the agency’s frustration in seeing persons arrested by them move about freely after a couple of weeks.
Akpobolokemi explained that people caught with guns and other items used in various crimes by the agency were handed over to other security operatives for persecution but were either set free for lack of evidence or for compromise.
He said that NIMASA decided to partner with NSCDC because it also has the power of persecution. He expressed hope that the Corps would help in this regard because he would love to see some of the persons caught by officials of NIMASA persecuted and sent to jail during his time as helmsman of the apex maritime agency.
Commandant General of NSCDC, Ade Abolorin, assured the NIMASA boss that they will work closely for the benefit of the nation’s economy. Abolorin noted that both bodies are working to achieve the same goal.
He pointed out that the problem of oil theft on the nation’s economy is huge and that it is not only being carried out on the high sae but also along the small rivers across the nation.
He sited as example the case of vandalisation at Arepo, Ikorodu and others, stressing the need for effective policing of the nation to curb these incidents.