NIMASA partners Army, Navy to secure Nigeria’s waterways

Barely a week after the Nigerian Navy launched an operation against criminals at sea, the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency or NIMASA is cashing in on the new drive to partner the Navy and the Nigerian Army in securing the country’s water ways. The challenge for NIMASA is the lack of the capability to ensure safety, that’s according to its Director General, Dakuku Peterside. For the first time in a long while, the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency, NIMASA, is on the same page with the Nigerian military. Previously the frosty relationship between both bodies was largely borne out of a conflict of interests. NIMASA is meant to regulate maritime activities while the Navy is responsible for protecting the territorial waters. Now, all the parties are apparently breaking away from the past. At the Naval Headquarters in Abuja, NIMASA and the Naval authorities agreed to renew a moribund MoU. A similar understanding was reached with the...

Ekitigate : Military panel recommends retirement of officers

The Military panel has recommended that the officers used to rig the Ekiti and Osun state election should be retired. Army Captain Sagir Koli revealed that the military was used to rig the election by intimidating All Progressives Congress (APC) members and sympathisers. The military has however, come down hard on its officers who were unprofessional during the governorship elections in Ekiti and Osun states in 2014 and in last year’s general elections by retirement. Chief of Army Staff Lt.-Gen. Tukur Buratai said the military will be returned to its full professional status when he received the report of the Army Board of Inquiry (BoI) set up to probe allegetions of misconduct against its personnel during the elections. The panel, which was set up on October 23, last year, was headed by the General Officer Commading (GOC) I Division, Maj.-General Adeniyi Oyebade. The panel sat in Kaduna. There were protests over how soldiers intimidated the opposition...