Following the arrest of pirates and other robbers at the Gulf of Guinea (GOG), the management of the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA) says it secured at least 20 convictions in the past one year.
The agency said the 20 persons are serving a total of 119 years behind bars with some being given an option of a fine.
Director General, NIMASA, Dr Bashir Jamoh, disclosed this at the 53rd session of the State House Briefing organised by the Presidential Communications Team at the Aso Rock Villa, Abuja.
Jamoh said those arrested include perpetrators of poaching, piracy and other crimes in the GOG.
According to Jamoh, 17 of those convicted bagged seven years behind bars each and three expatriates were fined.
He said NIMASA was working with sister agencies and security outfits to address the issue of piracy and other menace.
The Director General noted that since President Muhammadu Buhari launched the Deep Blue Project in June 2021, incidences of attacks on vessels have dropped to zero.
Jamoh called on security operatives to beef up surveillance and patrols across the nations territorial waters to stem all forms of criminality at the GOG and beyond towards making our waters safe and secure for maritime activities.
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Fuel Price Hike: PH, Bonny Passengers May Pay N4,000 Before Christmas
Following the increase in petrol pump price in Rivers State to N230 per liter, Bonny Maritime Transport Association (BMTA) says passengers travelling to Bonny Island from Port Harcourt may have to pay N4,000 each before Christmas.
The Association said boat operators along Bonny routes are facing difficulties in getting petrol to power their boats to the Island.
BMTA said the petroleum pump price has also forced the prices of spare parts beyond the reach of the poor.
Disclosing this to The In Port Harcourt in a telephone interview, Marine Safety Officer, BMTA, Comrade Kim Dimkpa, expressed regret that passengers to the Island are passing through difficulties, saying since the petroleum pump price hike, passengers now pay N3,000 to Bonny
He insisted that if the pump price is not checked, the Association would be forced to increase the fair to N4,000 before Christmas.
Dimkpa said in the past when the pump price were N150 per liter, fair to Bonny was N2,000 to ,N2,500 per passenger.
The Safety Officer appealed to relevant government agencies responsible for control of the pump price to come to the aid of the masses in Nigerian by ensuring that the price remains affordable.
“I call on the NNPC, and other relevant agencies for the control of petroleum pump price to assist the masses and reduce the price to N150 per litre to save lives.
“Boat operators, bus drivers and other end users depend daily on the product to survive.
“Our leaders are not helping matters, the masses are dying everyday of economic hardships, the rich are getting richer every day, while the poor masses are dying of hunger and starvation in the midst of plenty”, Dimkpa said.
He appealed to State Governors and other stakeholders in the industry to intervene in reverting to the old pump price of N150 per liter for consumers.
By: Chinedu Wosu
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