The Acting President Professor Yemi Osinbajo has launched the Harmonized Standard Operating Procedures for Arrest, Detention and Prosecutions of Vessels and Persons in Nigeria’s Maritime Environment. The Ceremony took place at the College Auditorium of the National Defence College. The Chief of the Naval Staff Vice Admiral Ibok Ete-Ekwe Ibas in his opening remarks said that some of the challenges hindering effective Maritime Governance in Nigeria include lack of common understanding and limited synergy among Maritime law Enforcement Agencies (MLEAs). In particular, handling of issues related to arrest, Detention and Prosecution of Vessels have been attended with unsavoury consequences detrimental to the corporate image of MLEAs and loss of revenue to the nation. These realities according to the CNS among others necessitated the articulation of the Harmonized Standard Operating Procedures.
In his remarks, the Honourable Attorney General and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami SAN said that Maritime Law Enforcement (MLE) remains an indispensable tool and process for emplacing Effective Governance in the National Maritime Space. According to him, it has become necessary to address attendant inadequacies hindering the effort of MLEAs.
Commandant, Rear Admiral SI Alade making a souvenir presentation to
Asiwaju Ahmed Bola Tinubu after his lecture
Similarly, the National Leader of the ruling All Progressive Congress and Elder statesman, Senator Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu has delivered a lecture to Participants of NDC Course 25 on the topic titled ‘Strategic Leadership’