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