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Nigeria: Navy Chief Requires Comprehensive Database for Maritime Criminals

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The Chief of the Naval Crew (CNS), Vice Admiral Awwal Gambo the old day advocated for a database for maritime criminals, particularly pirates, given the intensity and trans-nationwide nature of maritime crimes proper by way of the space.

He posited that the fight against maritime crimes cherish piraczzy, low oil theft and pipeline vandalism, amongst others, require a more diligent fable and knowledge shooting id of perpetrators.

Gambo renowned that many of the criminals migrate to other worldwide locations proper by way of the sub-space to proceed their actions after they’ve been arrested, convicted and carried out their times, thus the need for a comprehensive database.

The CNS, who spoke on the 10th SECUREX West Africa, an global security exhibition held in Lagos, delivered a keynote paper titled, “Holding Severe National Infrastructure: Tackling Maritime Crimes; Holding Nigeria’s Ports.”

He said: “Despite the Nigerian Navy’s (NN) effort at guaranteeing that maritime crimes are lowered, new challenges proceed to unfold as a result of the dynamic nature of criminals.

“The intensity and trans-nationwide nature of maritime crimes proper by way of the space requires a more diligent fable and knowledge shooting id of perpetrators.

“Sadly, lack of sufficient database on known criminals has allowed perpetrators of maritime crimes to relocate from one country to the replacement with out being known.

“Some persons who had been prosecuted for maritime crimes on completion of their jail phrases absorb resumed their criminal actions in other worldwide locations uncared for.

“This gap proper by way of the West African sub-space wants to be given more consideration and addressed.

” Clearly, with improved database and knowledge sharing on persons prosecuted for maritime crimes, it might well most likely most likely maybe be more straightforward to trace and apprehend such persons, must they proceed to dwell a lifetime of crime.

“It is instructive to explain that since events at sea would consistently be pushed by actions on land, it might well most likely most likely maybe be significant to address complications of unemployment, poverty and illiteracy, in any other case threats to extreme infrastructure particularly at sea might maybe dwell.

“It is envisaged that the threats might maybe maybe simply mutate in designate and structure reckoning on the assign the naval forces are top. This brings to fore the need for a viable naval drive in other worldwide locations proper by way of the GoG in voice to place credible presence inner our collective maritime domain.”

Nonetheless, he said the navy has persisted to refine its procedures in phrases of strategy, operations ideas and doctrinal practices, including that it also ensures ports services security by way of the Secured Anchorage Location initiative in collaboration with the Nigeria Ports Authority (NPA).

In the period in-between, the CNS printed that the Nigerian Navy arrested 117 suspects and seized six vessels over alleged theft of petroleum merchandise within the last 5 weeks.

He said the arrests and seizures were recorded by operatives deployed for Operation Dakatar Da Barawo(Cease the Thief), a reinvigorated battle against low oil thieves, illegal refiners and pipeline saboteurs.

In line with him, 51 illegal refining sites were deactivated, 563 steel storage tanks crushed and 341 dug out pits destroyed proper by way of the identical duration, re-echoing that economic saboteurs were denied over 17,793,432 litres of low oil, 5,490,670 litres of illegally refined AGO, and 129,000 litres of DPK, all valued at over N10.7billion.

Re-emphasising the importance of the maritime substitute to the nation’s economic wellbeing, Gambo said: “Nigeria’s maritime atmosphere constitutes about 12 per cent of the total Gulf of Guinea. Sea-borne substitute accounts for over 85 per cent of complete substitute with the remainder of the world.

“The country has about 36 trillion barrels and 182 trillion cubic toes of oil and gas reserves with the capability to manufacture about 2.4 million barrels and 8 billion cubic toes of oil and gas respectively per day.

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“Furthermore, oil corporations operate in extra of 5,779 wells, 9,717km of pipelines, 112 circulation stations, 16 gas vegetation and 126 manufacturing platforms offshore.

“Thus, the maritime substitute with connected infrastructure occupies renowned space within the matrix of Nigeria’s a will have to absorb economic passion (though infrequently ever recognised) as it encompasses actions ranging from transport, fishing and resource exploration amongst others.

“The artificial, known to shelter somewhat a few infrastructure is strategic to Nigeria’s survival, prosperity and sustenance of her enviable space amongst comity of worldwide locations.

” Subsequently, any impediment therein would absorb undesirable consequences on the nation’s economic survival and by implication the Gulf of Guinea.”

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