Sea piracy: NIMASA boss, lawyers call for stiffer penalties


NIMASADirector of Shipping Department,Nigeria Maritime Administration and Safety Agency, NIMASA, Captain Warredi Enisuoh and some senior  lawyers in Lagos, weekend, called for stiffer penalties to check the menace of sea  piracy and kidnapping on the country’s territorial waters.

Speaking  at the end of year lecture of the Apapa lawyers’ forum of the Nigerian Bar Association, NBA, in Apapa Local Government Area, Lagos, Enisuoh said that the Federal Government would invest heavily in the coming years on security on the countries waterways, which will include both patrol ships and air defence.
Dr. Joseph Nwabike, SAN on his part called for special courts to trial maritime crime.
Meantime, some legal practitioners, yesterday, also called for the establishment of special courts to handle cases of human trafficking.

They said that the setting up of these courts, would enhance the speedy prosecution of offenders.
Dr. Didi Odigie-Bedell, the Director, Private Law Department at the Nigerian Law Reform Commission, said that establishing special courts would hasten trials and offenders would be adequately punished.