By Ajibola Abayomi,
The Director General, Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA), Dr. Dakuku Peterside, has disclosed that the piracy bill would be passed into law in 2018 by the National Assembly.
Dakuku dropped the hint in Lagos during a visit to the Nigerian Shippers Council.
Dakuku said the executive bill was fashioned with the strategic intent that the president would send it to the National Assembly to give it the weight and urgency it requires.
He added that the law was necessary because Nigeria does not have potent laws to fight piracy.
According to him when bandits were caught on waters way they were fought with laws that were not piracy related.
“Next month, it will be forwarded to the Federal Executive Council (FEC) for endorsement and then to National Assembly.
“I am optimistic that by next year, we will have an anti-piracy law” he assured.