Pirates on Nigerian waters risk life imprisonment, N500 million fines | The Guardian Nigeria News - Nigeria and World News

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“The overall objective is to provide for a regime to punish pirates and armed robbers on the sea.” Pirates Nigeria Piracy MaritimeSecurity

Hard times await pirates that operate on Nigerian waters, as the Suppression of Piracy and other Maritime Offences Bill, signed into law by President Muhammadu Buhari recommended a life sentence for culprits.

Maritime piracy remains one of the biggest crimes in the industry, which causes immense financial losses, physical harm to crew members, and is probably the most notorious maritime crime and a major threat to maritime security. “Where any person- commits a maritime offence, armed robbery at sea or unlawful act apart from piracy, depending on the nature and severity of the maritime offence and during the commission of the offence was in possession of or had under his control any firearm, explosive, or BRCN weapon, shall be liable on conviction to not less than 15 years imprisonment, in addition to and without prejudice to the restitution to the owner or forfeiture to the Federal Government of Nigeria of whatever...

He said: “I have not read what was signed into law, but the overall objective is to provide for a regime to punish pirates and armed robbers on the sea. Before now, we did not have any law that regulated maritime crimes at sea, that is why you find that people were arrested for piracy, but could not be prosecuted because there was no such law.”

He thanked the President for “his commitment and passion for measures that will guarantee safety and security on Nigerian waters.”

 

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