Nigeria: Use of armed guards

Port news

Published: 17 June 2014

Members shall be aware that a disagreement is going on between the Nigerian navy and the Nigerian marine police.

The Nigerian navy has started to detain/arrest vessels with armed guards on board even provided by the Nigerian marine police.

The Nigerian navy considers that it has jurisdiction over the territorial sea and EEZ (exclusive economic zone).

The Nigerian navy is not allowing armed guards on board vessels, even from the Nigerian marine police, whereas the Nigerian navy is only providing patrol boats/escorts.

The International Group is aware of the problem and has been informed that the IMO is in contact with the Nigerian Maritime Authority to have the situation clarified.