By Godfrey Bivbere
Lagos—Former President of Nigerian Merchant Navy Officers and Water Transportation Senior Staff Association, Thomas Kerewerigha, yesterday called on the Federal Government to urgently tackle the increasing cases of sea robbery in the Niger Delta.
Kerewerigha at briefing in Lagos, said there had been seven attacks in the last two weeks and warned that the attacks might take a dangerous dimension if urgent steps were not taken to curb the trend.
The Chief Executive Officer of Tomjak Nigeria Limited slammed the Nigerian Navy and the management of Nigerian Navy or the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency, NIMASA, of not doing enough to address the issue of sea piracy and called on government to establish what he called the Nigerian Coast Guard as a long term solution to the problem.
According to him, “we strongly appeal to the federal government to instruct as a matter of urgency the Nigerian Navy, NIMASA and other relevant authorities to immediately commence an efficient patrolling of these areas to avert the killing of defenceless seafarers who are going about their legal duties.