Judges must have sufficient understanding of piracy- Hassan Bello

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The Executive secretary /CEO Nigerian shippers council, Mr Hassan Bello, who is the Lead Panelist at the The Global Maritime Security Conference (#GMSC2019 ). Bello Noted that “The Judges at the Courts must have sufficient understanding on the intricacies and dimensions of piracy to make sound judgement”

The Executive secretary panel  discussed “Maritime Security, Legal Framework and Regulatory Issues in the Gulf of Guinea”.Similarly, Mr Oliver Stope  noted that, there are existing gaps in the Legal Frameworks of affected countries along the Gulf of Guinea and collaboration by all stakeholders is needed to change the pirate’s idea of ‘Low risk high reward’.

Dr Kamal-Deen Ali of Centre for Maritime Law and Security Africa added that”There are Legal Complexities regarding Gulf of Guinea Maritime threats, Lack of National Piracy Legislation foster challenges and Instruments must support policies to address piracy”. Dr Kofi Mbiah of Ghana Chamber of Shipping highlights poverty as one of the root causes of piracy and advises that security measures begin from land to police/track sea bound pirates.

Professor Dimitrios Dalaklis of the world maritime university, suggests Integrated Maritime Security involves providing the appropriate authorities with the ability to share accurate data in cheaper and efficient ways.’Deployment of Maritime Technology should be research based and the global community should go beyond boundaries to provide the tools and technology needed at local and regional Maritime levels’  Mr Sushil Goswami added.

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