The Director General of the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Security Agency, Dr Bashir Jamoh, assured Inspector General of Police Usman Alkali Baba of his support and strengthened partnership in the fight against the maritime crime.
Jamoh made this promise during a meeting with Baba in Abuja as part of Nigeria’s push for a safer maritime climate.
He pledged to extend the ongoing collaboration that NIMASA has with other security agencies under Project Deep Blue to the Police Marine Unit in the areas of capacity building and provision of support. to patrols.
While both sides identified and applauded the reduction in piracy attacks in blue waters, which is also confirmed by notable international bodies including the International Maritime Organization and the International Maritime Bureau, they identified the need for a best brown water police in the country.
Jamoh said NIMASA will support maritime police with training, retraining, kits and other necessary gadgets, including refurbishing equipment and upgrading logistics to improve their patrols around the creeks, docks, ports and other navigable areas in the maritime domain of the country.
He said: “NIMASA seeks close Nigerian Maritime Police integration and collaboration into our recently launched Waterway Safety Architecture, Deep Blue Project, to achieve an overall outcome extending from blue waters, where we already have the presence of the Nigerian Navy, with brown waters near the anchorage areas, where the Nigerian police have the statutory role of stemming the tide of insecurity and stopping criminal activities against the berthing of ships and sailors.
While urging all parties to maximize the use of technology in water monitoring, Dr Jamoh welcomed the on-going integration of NIMASA’s centrally located command, control, communication and IT information system. NIMASA Resource Center in Kirikiri, Lagos State, with the Falcon Eye of the Nigerian. Navy and similar police facilities for easy coordination and intelligence sharing.
He described the Nigerian police as a strategic partner whose operations and support are essential to maintain and enhance the gains already made in the fight against piracy and the safety of small craft.
The CEO said the capacity of the police to support rescue operations in the event of a boat accident will also be enhanced under the renewed partnership.
Jamoh added that police are essential in helping prosecute suspects arrested under the Suppression of Piracy and Other Maritime Crimes Act.
The IGP commended the efforts of NIMASA under its current leadership and reiterated the force’s determination to tackle crimes across the country, including in territorial waters.
Baba described the maritime police as a very important arm of the force given the strategic importance of the waters to the economic and social well-being of the country.
The meeting brought together other senior police officers, including Deputy Inspector General of Police Garba Umar, who is the head of the Interpol National Central Bureau in Nigeria and was recently elected Interpol Vice Chairman for Africa.