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Following Nigeria's first successful prosecution of piracy in Africa, the Executive Director of the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime, UNODC, Ghada Fathi-Wali, has applauded Nigeria for its leadership role and commitment to curb maritime crime.
The eulogy is contained in a statement by the Head of Strategic Communications, Office of the National Security Advisor, ONSA, Zakari Usman.
According to the statement, Mr. Wali, who delivered the eulogy in New York, noted that the successful collaboration between Nigeria and UNODC, as evidenced by the Global Program against Maritime Crime and the Strategic Vision for Africa launched in 2021, has encouraged the organization to expand its partnership beyond national governments to regional organizations.



The statement said: “Indeed, one of the gaps identified by the Nigerian Federal Government in combating maritime crime was the weak legal and institutional framework for prosecuting offenders.
“In response, President Muhammadu Buhari, on June 24, 2019, passed the Piracy and Other Maritime Crimes Suppression Bill (POMO).
“With the POMO Act, Nigeria became the first country in the West and Central Africa sub-regions to enact a separate anti-piracy law.
“The Act also incorporates, as required, the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS), 1982, and the Convention for the Suppression of Unlawful Acts against the Safety of Maritime Navigation (SUA), 1988.
“In July 2021, under the POMO Act, the Federal Government secured the successful prosecution of 10 pirates for the first time in Africa.
“But in addition to creating a legal and institutional framework to prosecute maritime crimes, the Federal Government has also prioritized the provision of maritime intelligence facilities.
“For example, President Muhammadu Buhari commissioned a state-of-the-art Falcon Eye Maritime Intelligence Facility at Naval Headquarters in Abuja last year.
“The configuration and commissioning of the project was facilitated by the Office of the National Security Advisor (ONSA) as part of the efforts to advance the overall maritime security architecture of Nigeria, in accordance with the National Security Strategy (NSS, 2019 ), under which the kidnapping of oil workers, theft/piracy at sea, incessant oil theft problems, illegal bunkering, hostage taking, and maritime terrorism are classified as threats to national security.
“The UNODC commendation therefore places an enormous responsibility on Nigeria to continue to lead innovative efforts towards combating maritime crime in the Gulf of Guinea and across the continent, especially in the areas of intelligence sharing and strategy. coordinated law.
The statement added that ONSA is committed to continued national, regional and international collaboration to strengthen legal, administrative and operational efforts in line with national maritime security objectives.
“All stakeholders are therefore encouraged to continue to set a high standard in the prevention and prosecution of maritime crime,” added Mr. Usman.
Maritime Security: UN lauds Nigeria over successful conviction of piracy case

Following Nigeria’s first successful prosecution of piracy in Africa, the Executive Director of the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime, UNODC, Ghada Fathi-Wali, has applauded Nigeria for its leadership role and commitment to curb maritime crime.

The eulogy is contained in a statement by the Head of Strategic Communications, Office of the National Security Advisor (ONSA) Zakari Usman.

According to the statement, Mr. Wali, who delivered the eulogy in New York, noted that the successful collaboration between Nigeria and UNODC, as evidenced by the Global Program against Maritime Crime and the Strategic Vision for Africa launched in 2021, has encouraged the organization to expand its partnership beyond national governments to regional organizations.

The statement said: “Indeed, one of the gaps identified by the Nigerian Federal Government in combating maritime crime was the weak legal and institutional framework for prosecuting offenders.

“In response, President Muhammadu Buhari, on June 24, 2019, passed the Piracy and Other Maritime Crimes Suppression Bill (POMO).

“With the POMO Act, Nigeria became the first country in the West and Central Africa sub-regions to enact a separate anti-piracy law.

“The Act also incorporates, as required, the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS), 1982, and the Convention for the Suppression of Unlawful Acts against the Safety of Maritime Navigation (SUA), 1988.

“In July 2021, under the POMO Act, the Federal Government secured the successful prosecution of 10 pirates for the first time in Africa.

“But in addition to creating a legal and institutional framework to prosecute maritime crimes, the Federal Government has also prioritized the provision of maritime intelligence facilities.

“For example, President Muhammadu Buhari commissioned a state-of-the-art Falcon Eye Maritime Intelligence Facility at Naval Headquarters in Abuja last year.

“The configuration and commissioning of the project was facilitated by the Office of the National Security Advisor (ONSA) as part of the efforts to advance the overall maritime security architecture of Nigeria, in accordance with the National Security Strategy (NSS, 2019 ), under which the kidnapping of oil workers, theft/piracy at sea, incessant oil theft problems, illegal bunkering, hostage taking, and maritime terrorism are classified as threats to national security.

“The UNODC commendation therefore places an enormous responsibility on Nigeria to continue to lead innovative efforts towards combating maritime crime in the Gulf of Guinea and across the continent, especially in the areas of intelligence sharing and strategy. coordinated law.

The statement added that ONSA is committed to continued national, regional and international collaboration to strengthen legal, administrative and operational efforts in line with national maritime security objectives.

“All stakeholders are therefore encouraged to continue to set a high standard in the prevention and prosecution of maritime crime,” added Mr. Usman.

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