By Evelyn Usman
The Nigerian Navy, NN yesterday, requested for a temporary approval from the legislative arm of government to prosecute crude oil thieves and other sea criminals, pending when such approval would be passed into law, with a view to fast tracking the dispensation of justice.
Already, the Navy according to the Chief of Naval Staff,CNS, Vice Admiral Usman Jubrin, had written to seek permission from the Minister of Justice and Attorney General of the Federation to this effect without any response.
Lamenting the effect of the delay in judgement of sea criminals on the Service, Jubrin, who was in Lagos state to commission some projects under the Western Naval Command, to signal the end of the week-long programme marking the 59th anniversary of the NN, disclosed that already jetties were being damaged by seized ships.
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Nigeria needs to decide just who is in charge of what, and who prosecutes it. The Joint Task Force, NIMASA, the Nigerian Navy, the Marine Police… many agencies and no clear vision. Hopefully, President Buhari can clear the muddied waters.