The Director General of the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency,NIMASA, Dakuku Peterside, has called on the International Maritime Bureau to ensure fairness and balance in its reportage of piracy issues on Nigeria’s territorial waters.
Dakuku regretted what he called the exaggeration of reports on incidences on the country’s waterways by the IMB, a specialised department of the International Chamber of Commerce,ICC dedicated to fighting maritime crime and malpractice.
The DG made the assertions on Tuesday in Lagos, when a delegation of the International Maritime Security Operations Team (IMSOT) from the United Kingdom paid a working visit to the Agency. He bemoaned the distortion of facts in the coverage of Nigeria by the bureau, saying such distortions can do reputational damage to the country within the international community.
He observed that even the slightest crimes in the creeks and habours of Nigeria were often reported as piracy by the IMB Piracy Reporting Centre.