The Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA) has condemned the kidnapping of eight Nigerians, five of them members of the Maritime Workers Union of Nigeria (MWUN).
The Director-General, NIMASA, Dr Bashir Jamoh, in a statement signed by its Assistant Director, Public Relations, Mr Osagie Edward, said the kidnapping took place in Rivers State waters on Monday.
He regretted that the incident happened when the Nigerian maritime industry was witnessing tremendous gains in the nation’s security sphere were being commended for the progress, both locally and internationally.
“I have spoken with the President-General of the Maritime Workers Union of Nigeria, Comrade Adewale Adeyanju, to express the agency’s displeasure over the incident and unequivocal condemnation of this unpalatable development.
“ I also assured him of the agency’s support, during this challenging period till the abducted maritime workers are returned safely to their families and the industry,” he said.
He noted that the MWUN President, who said his team was moving to the vicinity of the incident by this weekend, welcomed NIMASA’s show of solidarity and support as part of the maritime family.