The newly appointed Commissioner of Police, Maritime Command, Mr. David Folawiyo, has declared that the Command will soon acquire two helicopters to undertake aerial surveillance around the ports and Nigeria’s maritime domain to check piracy, smuggling and other criminal activities.
According to a statement issued and signed by Isichei Osamgbi, Head of Corporate Communication, CP Folawiyo made this disclosure when he paid a courtesy visit to the Director General of NIMASA, Dr. Dakuku Peterside, at the Nigerian Maritime Resource Development Centre (NMRDC), Lagos. Speaking, the Police Commissioner, Maritime Command, CP David Folawiyo noted that his command was in NIMASA to fraternize with the Agency for its achievements since the assumption of Dr. Peterside as Director General; and to also chart a path of possible partnership and collaboration as well as inform the Agency of the Command’s plans and activities.
According to CP Folawiyo, “We are planning to bring in two helicopters to provide aerial surveillance of our maritime domain; and we are also seeking the approval of government to establish the Western and Eastern Maritime Zone to ensure effective policing and we know that this visit to NIMASA is a step in the right direction”.
In his comment, the Director General of NIMASA, Dr. Dakuku Peterside stated that effective policing is an essential component of the development and growth process of the Nigerian Maritime sector. He noted that a strong cogent relationship between NIMASA and the Nigerian Police Force was necessary to ensure a safe and secure maritime environment and that his team was ready to support the agency to realize it enabling mandates.
Peterside noted further that the Police Officers’ first order of business was to serve and protect; and that as an agency of the government of Nigeria, whose mandates include ensuring safety of the Nigerian’s waterways, NIMASA places premium on security and all legal agencies and instruments that facilitate and complement delivery of these mandates.
Peterside: “let me commend you for what is in the offing to improve the nation’s maritime sector, particularly your plan to provide more police personnel to secure our waterways. We are impressed for the plans you have put in place to complement our efforts in ensuring that our maritime domain is safe for maritime and shipping activities to thrive. We are opened to partnership and collaboration, especially with the Nigerian Police Force”. CP Folawiyo disclosed the number of Police Officers deployed to the 63 police outposts within his Command. He added that the existing 2,500 Officers and men within his jurisdiction would be augmented to 5,000 on or before December, 2017.
He informed the NIMASA Management that 1,300 men would be deployed to cover maritime alone, while 1,200 and 200 Officers and men are expected to be deployed to cover ports and coast activities respectively.