Mr. Edward Osagie, Deputy Director of Public Relations of NIMASA, made it known in a statement made available to journalists in Lagos.
The boat reportedly sank at around 10:13 p.m. on Saturday despite efforts to save it.
“This ship has been named NIMASA-Barugu since the days of the contract. There are also other boats in this contract category at Warri.
“Together, the ships and their management have been the subject of litigation and in the custody of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) for years,” he said.
He said that for the avoidance of doubt, it was on record that NIMASA had recently made concerted efforts to reactivate some of the ships in service in this fleet, but had been hampered by liens due to the nature of the court case.
“Finally, it should be noted that this vessel was not at our pier or under our management at the time of the incident.
“The crew on board does not report to NIMASA but to the management of Global West, its owners,” he said.
He noted that NIMASA remains committed to its statutory responsibility to manage safety and regulate the industry within the scope of any legal framework.
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