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General News of Wednesday, 24 November 2021

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Maintenance of seized vessels affecting our finances - Nigerian Navy

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The Nigerian Navy has stated that maintenance of seized vessels is affecting its finances due to huge amounts of funds being expended on their maintenance and operations to keep them in good shape.

The Chief of Operations, Nigerian Navy, Rear Admiral A.O Adaji, who made the disclosure while addressing members of the House of Representatives Adhoc Committee investigating the status of recovered movable and immovable assets during a visit to the Navy in Abuja yesterday, lamented that court processes are delaying the disposal of seized vessels in their custody.

He, therefore, called on the lawmakers to provide legislation for the establishment of an Admiralty or Maritime Court to deal exclusively with maritime cases for speedy dispensation of justice.

Adaji commended the lawmakers for enacting the anti-piracy law, which according to him, has helped to a couple of ‘bad guys’ in jail.

He said: “The procedure adopted is that once there is any suspicion of commission of crime or illegal activities, the vessels are arrested by patrol units and then a preliminary investigation is carried out. As soon as a case is established, the vessel is handed over to the appropriate prosecution agency.”

A lot of times, it’s the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), but we also have dealings with NIMASA, NSCDC and the police.

Earlier, the Chairman of the Ad hoc Committee, Hon. Adejero Adeogun, said they visited the Navy because the committee was set up by the House in response to public clamour to understand the state of recovered loots, especially proceeds of crimes in Nigeria, adding that the committee has been working in the past six to seven months.

Responding to the request for the establishment of the Admiralty or Maritime Court, a member of the committee, Hon. Ali Wudil, said the House will consider the request

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