By: Okosun Dennis
The Nigerian Navy on Friday cautioned the general public and the Nigerian media in particular, on “inaccurate and unverified news reports” on the rate of piracy in the Gulf of Guinea (GoG).
The Director of Information (DINFO), Commodore Suleman Dahun in a statement signed on behalf of the Chief of Naval Staff, Rear Admiral Awwal Gambo in Abuja said that “these reports are a deliberate ongoing effort to discourage maritime traffic as well as heighten freight and insurance cost in the Region.
“A case in point is the reported hijack of a vessel, MV ODIANOISEN by a notable maritime information media source, Dryad Global which turned out to be false and alarmist.
“Notwithstanding these alarmist reports, the Nigerian Navy wishes to reiterate its commitment to partnering with all strategic and allied partners for a safer and crime free GoG.
Cdre Dahun reiterated that “all Nigerian media organisations/agencies are please advised to be wary of any calculated attempt at tarnishing the image of the nation in furtherance of an untoward maritime agenda.”