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IMO Commends NIMASA, Nigerian Navy on Antipiracy War.

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Sandra Ukele

The International Maritime Organisation (IMO} has commended Nigeria’s effort to curb piracy in its waters and the Gulf of Guinea thereby sending a “strong and valuable message” to the global community.

IMO also commended the new Director-General of the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA, Dr. Bashir Jamoh, for his brave and dynamic approach to maritime security. This it delivered in a letter to the DG by the Secretary-General, Kitack Lim, amid recent arrests and first-time prosecution of suspected pirates under the country’s new antipiracy law.

The Suppression of Piracy and Other Maritime Offences (SPOMO) Act was signed into law in June last year by President Muhammadu Buhari. The law made Nigeria the first in West and Central Africa to have a distinct antipiracy legislation.

Lim said he was impressed by Nigeria’s efforts “to address maritime security threats in the region,” adding that Jamoh’s “leadership and proactive response” to maritime securi…