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WAR ON PIRACY DEEPENS , AS NIGERIA CHARGES 10 PIRATES TO COURT FOR CRIMINAL ACTIVITIES

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By Innocent Orok

Dr. Bashir Jamoh, DG NIMASA

In keeping to its promise, the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA) has charged for the first time in Nigeria, 10 suspected pirates arrested few weeks ago by the Nigerian Navy in collaboration with NIMASA to a Federal High Court in the Lagos Judicial Division.

Photograph of the arrested pirates during their parade at the Nigerian Navy Ship (NNS) Beecroft, Apapa, Lagos.

The ten suspected pirates will be the first set of culprits to be tried under the Suppression of Piracy and other Maritime Offences Act,2019 since it was signed to law by President Mohammadu Buhari in 2019.

According to the Charge Sheet which was registered in the court on the 18th June, 2020 sighted by our Correspondent, the 10 alleged pirates were slammed with four Count Charges bordering on Piracy, Seized and Forceful taking possession of a fishing vessel while armed.

The Charge Sheet reads ” The Federal High Court of Nigeria in the Lagos Judicial Division Holden at Lagos.
Between Federal Republic of Nigeria ((Complainant) and Frank Insort Abaka, Jude Saka Ebaragha, Shina Alolo, Joshua Iwiki, David Akinseye, Ahmed Toyin, Shobajo Saheed, Adakole Philip, Mathew Masi and Bright Agsedeyi as (Defendants).

Count one of the four count charges
reads “That you Frank Insort Abaka, Jude Saka Ebaragha, Shina Alolo, Joshua Iwiki, David Akinseye, Ahmed Toyin, Shobajo Saheed, Adakole Philip, Mathew Masi Bright Agbedeyi and others at large all Male Adults and of various addresses in Nigeria, sometimes in May 2020 at Lagos, Lagos State within the jurisdiction of the Honourable Court conspired among yourselves to commit an act of Piracy by agreeing to hijack HAILU FENG II, a fishing vessel belonging to Haina Fishery Company. You thereby committed an offence contrary to Section 10 of Suppression of Piracy and Other Maritime Offences Act ,2019 and Punishable Under Section 12 of the same Act”.

Count two reads, “That you Frank Insort Abaka, Jude Saka Ebaragha, Shina Alolo, Joshua Iwiki, David Akinseye, Ahmed Toyin, Shobajo Saheed, Adakole Philip, Mathew Masi Bright Agbedeyi and others at large all Male Adults and of various addresses in Nigeria, sometimes in May 2020 on International Waters of Abijan, Côte D’Ivoire within the jurisdiction of this Honourable Court while Armed with Dangerous Weapons committed an illegal act of Violence against the onboard HAILU FENG II, a fishing vessel belonging to Haina Fishery Company by putting them in fear in order to takeover control of the vessel and you thereby committed an offence contrary to Section 3 of Suppression of Piracy and Other Maritime Offences Act ,2019 and Punishable Under Section 12 of the same Act”.

Count three reads, “That you Frank Insort Abaka, Jude Saka Ebaragha, Shina Alolo, Joshua Iwiki, David Akinseye, Ahmed Toyin, Shobajo Saheed, Adakole Philip, Mathew Masi Bright Agbedeyi and others at large all Male Adults and of various addresses in Nigeria, sometimes in May 2020 on International Waters of Abijan, Côte D’Ivoire within the jurisdiction of this Honourable Court while Armed with Dangerous Weapons knowingly DETAINED HAILU FENG II, a fishing vessel belonging to Haina Fishery Company by putting them in fear in order to takeover control of the vessel and you thereby committed an offence contrary to Section 3 of Suppression of Piracy and Other Maritime Offences Act ,2019 and Punishable Under Section 12 of the same Act”.

While Count four reads, “That you Frank Insort Abaka, Jude Saka Ebaragha, Shina Alolo, Joshua Iwiki, David Akinseye, Ahmed Toyin, Shobajo Saheed, Adakole Philip, Mathew Masi Bright Agbedeyi and others at large all Male Adults and of various addresses in Nigeria, sometimes in May 2020 on International Waters of Abijan, Côte D’Ivoire within the jurisdiction of this Honourable Court while Armed with Dangerous Weapons knowingly SEIZED HAILU FENG II, a fishing vessel belonging to Haina Fishery Company by putting them in fear in order to takeover control of the vessel and you thereby committed an offence contrary to Section 3 of Suppression of Piracy and Other Maritime Offences Act ,2019 and Punishable Under Section 12 of the same Act”.

It could be recalled that the Nigerian Navy in collaboration with NIMASA in May 2020 arrested 10 pirates attempting to seized a fishing vessel in the Nigerian waters.

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