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Gulf of Guinea: Nigerian law body accuses Danish Navy of executing alleged pirates

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The Nigerian Maritime Law Association (NMLA) has condemned the alleged execution of four “pirates” in the Gulf of Guinea (GoG).

They were reportedly killed by the Danish Navy from their frigate, ESBERN SNARE, operating within the waters.

NMLA President, Funke Agbor and Secretary, Emeka Akabogu, issued a statement to that effect on Saturday.

The legal practitioners expressed concerns about the sanctity of Nigeria’s sovereignty.

Stressing that it supports efforts to rid the GoG of criminality, NMLA said it was worried about the application of rule of law and respect for protocols of engagement.

“The incident was alleged to have occurred in international waters, 25 to 30 nautical miles south of Nigeria’s territorial waters”, it noted.

NMLA called for an independent inquiry to establish the location of the incident “and whether there had been compliance with the relevant rules of engagement”.

The statement urged the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA) to formulate and implement a maritime strategy for the nation.

It pointed out that this is mandated by the Suppression of Piracy and Other Maritime Offences Act 2019.

The Act incorporates strategic security synergy between all law enforcement and commercial shipping actors.

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