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NIMASA, Nigerian Immigration Service Deepen Collaboration to Boost Maritime Security



NIMASA, Nigerian Immigration Service Deepen Collaboration to Boost Maritime Security

Director General, Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA), Dr. Bashir Jamoh ( right) presenting a souvenir to the Comptroller General of the Nigeria Immigration Service, Isah Idris Jere during the working visit by the Comptroller General to the NIMASA headquarters in Lagos yesterday.

… CG Commends automation of Dockworkers registration***

The Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA) and the Nigerian Immigration Service, (NIS have agreed to deepen existing interagency collaboration with the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding, MoU on Seafarers’ Travel document amongst others.

This agreement was reached when the Comptroller General of the NIS, Mr. Isah Idris Jere led senior officials of the Service on a working visit to NIMASA management.

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The Director General of NIMASA, Dr. Bashir Jamoh noted that the role of the Nigerian Immigration Service in enhancing security in the maritime domain is crucial, adding that seamless issuance of travel documents to seafarers is a key component in the nation’s quest to grow the maritime industry.

According to Dr. Jamoh, “Security on land is key to achieving a safe and secure maritime domain. NIMASA appreciates the need to work closely with the Immigration Service to improve security in the maritime domain. We need the Service to play a major role in issues of crew nationality, seafarers’ travel documents and managing issues of stowaways, amongst others.

The DG and the Immigration Comptroller General thus agreed to develop a Memorandum of Understanding to provide a framework for the working relationship.

The NIMASA DG also commended the contribution of the NIS in the implementation of the Suppression of Piracy and other Maritime Offences (SPOMO) Act, stating:

“The passing into law of the SPOMO Act, and subsequent prosecutions recorded under that law has involved working closely with the NIS. With that being said, NIMASA will continue to offer our helping hand to the Nigeria Immigration Service even as we anticipate further collaboration”.

On his part, the NIS Comptroller General identified the issuance of temporary work permits to international vessel crews as well as preventing stowaways, as areas of frequent collaboration between both organs of Government while also commending NIMASA’s automation of dockworkers registration nationwide.

Director General, Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA), Dr. Bashir Jamoh ( 2nd right); Comptroller General of the Nigeria Immigration Service (NIS), Isah Idris Jere (2nd left); Executive Director Operations NIMASA, Shehu Ahmed (left) and AssistantComptroller General in charge of Zone A. NIS, Kunle Osisanya during a working visit by the Comptroller General to the NIMASA headquarters in Lagos yesterday

According to him, “Our visit to NIMASA is a signal that the Nigeria Immigration Service seeks continued collaboration and deepened synergy as we collectively work to address the issues facing us in our coastal lines and in maintaining the integrity of our territorial waters”.

“We welcome the Agency’s automation of dockworkers registration and issuance of biometric identity cards as a great step in the task of securing the nation’s ports.



Why 397 arrested illegal miners should be thoroughly investigated – CSO



Why 397 arrested illegal miners should be thoroughly investigated – CSO

A civil society group, Action for Economic Development (AED), has called for a thorough investigation of the 387 suspected illegal miners recently arrested by the military, to halt criminality in the mining sector.

The Convener of the group, Bilkisu Bello, made the call in a statement on Tuesday in Abuja.

Bello commended the armed forces, under the Chief of Defence Staff, Gen. Christopher Musa, for supporting other security agencies in curbing illegal mining activities in the country.

She said the Defence Headquarters had confirmed the arrest of the 387 individuals, at a meeting with the House Committee on Solid Mineral on Monday.

The group expressed concern that criminals had continued to get away with the country’s resources amid the hardship faced by Nigerians.

The convener said the arrested individuals must be thoroughly investigated to know those behind them.

According to her, the group learnt from the Nigeria Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative (NEITI), that Nigeria had lost about 46.16 billion dollars (N16.25 trillion) from oil theft, as of 2022.

“It is unfortunate that this has now spread to the mining sector, with the confirmation, also by the House of Representatives Committee on Solid Minerals that illegal mining activities in Nigeria are costing the country about 9 billion dollars annually.”

“It is disturbing, with the revelation by the Chief of Defence Staff that foreigners are involved in economic crime.

“More disturbing is the impact on the immediate environment where the illegal mining is taking place.

“We use this opportunity to commend the Armed forces of Nigeria for what is being done to curb crude oil theft, and now supporting other security agencies to curb illegal miners,” she added.

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Navy Rescues 2 Drowning Fishermen, 8 Stowaway; 8 Victims Of Human Trafficking



Navy Rescues 2 Drowning Fishermen, 8 Stowaway; 8 Victims Of Human Trafficking

…Says the fishermen’s boat capsized under rough weather 

 The Nigerian Navy has rescued two drowning fishermen and apprehended eight male stowaways on the Nigerian water.

The navy also rescued eight female victims of human trafficking between Tuesday and Saturday.

The Director of Information, Navy, Commodore Aiwuyor Adams-Aliu, stated this on Tuesday in Abuja, saying the successes were recorded by various Navy units, across the nation’s maritime domain in different operations.

He noted that a sea robbery attempt was also foiled within the same period.

According to him, on Saturday, the Quick Response Team of the Nigerian Navy, Forward Operating Base Badagry,. intercepted a wooden passenger boat with eight females aged between 18 and 23 years en-route the Benin Republic.

He said it became obvious that they were being trafficked by a yet-to-be-identified agent upon interrogation.

Adams-Aliu said the victims were handed over to the National Agency for Prohibition of Trafficking in Persons (NAPTIP), while further investigation to identify the agent and trafficking syndicate was ongoing.

He said the personnel of Forward Operating Base IBAKA in Akwa Ibom, on Wednesday intercepted suspected sea robbers attempting to rob a supply vessel along the Uyenghe River in Mbo Local Government Area.

According to him, the robbers stupidly opened fire on the Naval troops, prompting them to respond with heavy gunfire.

“The robbers later retreated into the creeks and the robbery attempt was effectively foiled.

“Also, on July 12, the personnel from Forward Operating Base Lekki rescued two drowning fishermen around Lekki Anchorage Area, about 10 nautical miles from Dangote Refinery at Ibeju-Lekki Local Government Area of Lagos State.

“Findings revealed that the fishermen were fishing within the area when their boat capsised due to the rough sea state,” he said.

The Navy spokesman said the Nigerian Navy Ship BEECROFT patrol team arrested eight suspected stowaways in two speedboats attempting to board MV NORTHERN LIGHT while underway along Lagos Channel on Saturday.

He said the incident occurred when the patrol team sighted the suspects attempting to board the vessel through its rudder compartment.

According to him, five suspects admitted that they attempted to board the vessel to enable them to travel abroad upon interrogation.

“The suspects and speedboats have been handed over to Nigerian Immigration Service, Lagos State Port and Marine Command for further investigation.

“Notably, NNS BEECROFT has so far arrested 33 stowaways between January and July.

“It is important to remind all operators and stakeholders within the nation’s maritime domain that under the leadership of the Chief of the Naval Staff, Vice Adm. Emmanuel Ogalla, the Nigerian Navy is poised to keep Nigerian waters safe and secure for legitimate economic activities.

“Consequently, nefarious elements are advised to desist from perpetuating any form of illegalities within Nigeria’s territorial waters,” he added. 

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NPA: MWUN Congratulates MD, Dr Dantsoho on appointment as CEO



NPA: MWUN Congratulates MD, Dr Dantsoho on appointment as CEO

…As the Ibadan Prince, Comrade Adeyanju praises Dantsoho’s dedication, determination, and discipline

 The Maritime Workers Union of Nigeria (MWUN), led by Comrade (Prince) Dr. Adewale Adeyanju, has congratulated Dr. Abubakir Dantsoho on his recent appointment as the Managing Director of the Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA). 

The Union described Dr. Dantsoho as an astute administrator with a wealth of experience, having served in various strategic departments within the Authority.

Dr. Adeyanju praised Dr. Dantsoho’s dedication, commitment, determination, discipline, and steadfastness, which have earned him this well-deserved appointment.

 He highlighted Dr. Dantsoho’s impressive career trajectory, which includes roles such as Assistant General Manager (Servicom), Principal Manager (Tariff & Billing), Port Manager, One Port, and Chief of Staff to the former Minister of Transportation, Alhaji Mua’zu Sambo.

This congratulatory message was signed by Comrade John Kennedy Ikemefuna, Head of Media, MWUN.

The Maritime Workers Union has pledged its support and partnership to Dr Dantsoho as he assumes his new role, of navigating the affairs of the Nigerian Ports Authority in the Maritime Sector. 

The Union also wishes Dr. Dantsoho success in his new position and is confident that his leadership will bring growth and development to the Authority.

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