Gaya replaces Lamiri as NIMASA’s maritime guard commander

By Anthony Nwachukwu

In line with the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to foster closer working relationship between them in securing the Nigerian maritime domain, the Nigerian Navy has appointed Commodore Aliyu Gaya as the new Maritime Guard Commander of the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA).

Gaya, who until his appointment was the Director of ECOWAS Multinational Maritime Coordination Centre, Zone E Cotonou, Republic of Benin, takes over from Commodore Ezekiel Nyako Lamiri, who has been redeployed to the Nigerian Defence Academy.

He has held other military and command postings in various Naval commands within and outside the country. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Chemistry and Master’s degree in Defence Management Command and Strategy.

He equally holds a certificate in Maritime Security and Transnational Organised Crime from the Koffi Annan International Peace Keeping Training Centre, Accra, Ghana.

Welcoming the posting, the NIMASA Director-General, Dr. Bashir Jamoh, restated the agency’s commitment to continuous collaboration with the Nigerian Navy and other arms of the Nigerian Armed Forces to secure the country’s territorial waters and, by extension, the Gulf of Guinea.

NIMASA “will like to appreciate the Nigerian Navy for keeping with its tradition of always deploying very competent officers to the NIMASA Maritime Guard Command and ensuring safer maritime boundaries to the benefit of the country and the international community,” Assistant Director, Public Relations, Osagie Edward, quoted Jamoh to say.

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