The Nigerian Ports Authority has been asked to tread with caution in its engagement with the Ocean Marine Solution Limited (OMSL), the company supporting the Nigerian Navy to provide security at the Secure Anchorage Area (SAA) of the Lagos delineation of the nation’s waters.
The national chairman of New Nigeria Collective, Adeola Adewunmi, gave the caution in a statement on Thursday.
He was reacting to the warning reportedly issued by the NPA to vessels against anchoring at the Secured Anchorage Area.
He said the threat to arrest the vessels could be inimical to national security as “the OMSL is engaged in a sensitive assignment for the country in collaboration with the Nigerian Navy at SAA.”
“The truth of the matter is that the NPA does not even have the power to arrest or announce the arrest of anyone. In the very worst case scenario, if there are infractions at SAA, all that the NPA needs to do is report such to the Navy which will in turn address the matter,” Adewunmi said.
The head of the Corporate and Strategic Communications of the NPA, Jatto Adams, could not be reached for comment yesterday as his phone was switched off when one of our correspondents called him. He also did not reply a text message sent to him.