Senate proposes special tribunal for maritime criminals


The Chairman, Senate Committee on Navy, Isah Maisau, yesterday disclosed that a proposed special tribunal that would handle cases of arrested vessels and her crew is before the leadership of the National Assembly.
He said the special tribunal would tackle all cases of maritime crimes in the nation's waterways.
Senator Maisau further disclosed that the proposed special tribunal would handle any arrested vessel and its crew.
The Chairman made the disclosure at a one-day oversight visit to the Western Naval Command (WNC) and Naval Training Command (NAVTRAC), yesterday.
It was gathered that the visit was meant to prepare the Senate for the 2017 budget that would soon be sent to the National Assembly.
Maisau was reacting to the reports by the Flag Officer Commanding, WNC, Rear Admiral Ferguson Bobai, who had during his briefing lamented that harbouring arrested vessels and catering for their crew was tasking the Navy. 
He said, "We are looking at a situation where all these arrested vessels within three months are taken care of. We shall have a special tribunal to handle cases of arrested vessels so that within three months, all the exhibits are handed over to the appropriate agencies and prosecution is concluded."
The FOC NAVTRAC, Rear Admiral Ifeola Mohammed, while receiving the senate committee members, said the command was the heartbeat of training. On the challenges, he said it included need for more training aids and models in most of the NN professional colleges and schools, dearth of instructorship manpower in NN professional schools, lack of trained NN personnel in the use of sails.
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