The Nigeria Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA) on Monday said it had started rescue operations for the 12 crew members hijacked on Saturday by pirates in Rivers.
The crew of the vessel “MV Glarus”, owned by Allison Shipping, was hijacked by pirates off the Bonny Island in Rivers for a ransom.
The NIMASA Director-General, Dr Dakuku Peterside, who was speaking to newsmen in Lagos, condemned the act, adding that the agency was working hard to ensure the release of the crew.
“We are working closely with Forward Operation Base (FOB) of the Nigerian Navy, the Falcon Eye alongside others to secure their release unconditionally.
“The agency is saddened about the attack and the perpetrator will surely be brought to book to serve as deterrent to others,” Peterside said.
According to him, “the issue of piracy in the Gulf of Guinea is a challenge we acknowledge and we are determined to tackle it head-on. We will continue to collaborate with the Nigerian Navy and other relevant partners to ensure we bring it to a halt. Zero tolerance to piracy and all forms of illegalities on our nation’s waterways is our goal”.
He said that the agency would ensure safety on the nation’s waterways.