Akinsoji’s thoughts on 7 Nigerians sent to jail in Togo for piracy
Seven Nigerians convicted!!!
After reading the report on some Nigerians who were sent to jail by a court in Togo, over a case of piracy (See here), I will like to leave a few points for thought.
- Merchant vessels deserve innocent and peaceful passage on the seas.
- Togo that we may consider a smaller country is taking appropriate sovereign step even against our nationals for infringing on their integrity.
- I hope our authorities will be humble enough to be serious at attending to the root cause of the menace.
- Let the authorities think of the ways of creating opportunities to divert the attention of Nigerians who may have the tendencies of leaving shoreline to a more difficult environment, the seas for livelihood adventure.
Olu Akinsoji is a marine engineer of international recognition, a former DG, Government Inspector of Ships and Nigerian APR at the IMO.