The Nigerian Navy advocate the establishment of a special court to try maritime offences, saying it is necessary to expeditiously dispense maritime cases.
The position of the service came as it said lack of enough ships to cover Nigeria’s waters was in no small measures, affecting the war against maritime crimes in the country.
The Chief of Naval Staff, Vice Admiral Ibok-Ete Ekwe Ibas, addressing speaking at a press conference held at the close of the three-day Global Maritime Conference in Abuja, particularly appealed that certain courts in the country be designated to maritime court to handle maritime cases.
Represented by the Chief of Policy and Plans, Naval Headquarters, Rear Admiral Begroy Ibe-Enwo, Ibas say the reason that designation of some court to try maritime crimes may not require legislation.
According to him he said It is just for the Attorney-General of the Federation and the executive arm to execute it.
Regretting that maritime related cases are not being given expeditious treatment as they deserve, headed that Certain courts can be designate for maritime offences so that these (maritime cases) can be expeditiously executed.
He added that they need to maintain her so that she doesn’t go down the sea and become a wreck which is another problem. Stakeholders and maritime security experts converged on Abuja for the event to find a workable solution to the development.