Daily Trust (Abuja)

25 April 2014

Nigeria: Navy Wants Special Court for Sea Criminals

Lagos — The Nigerian Navy yesterday urged the federal government to establish a special court for the speedy prosecution of sea criminals.

Chief of the Naval Staff, Vice Admiral Usman Jibrin, made the call in Lagos after the inauguration of a patrol boat, NNS DORINA, donated to the Navy by the Nigeria Ports Authority (NPA).

Vice Admiral Jibrin said the justice delivery system at the moment allows the Navy pay for "lapses of orders".

"The Navy is pleading with appropriate authorities to ensure that criminals arrested are timely and completely prosecuted. This will help tremendously to deter and reduce significantly, the number of maritime crimes."

You know the legal system we operate in Nigeria today is such that people must be given fair hearing. But along the line, some people abuse these privileges and waste other people's time, hence, creating challenges in the dispensation of justice," he said.

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