Instead of piracy, Nigeria fights those who protect merchant shipping from piracy
Floating arsenal Myre Seadiver is still under detention in Lagos, Nigeria, on allegation of carrying illegal arms, or maybe even arms trafficking, though it was obvious vessel is employed as a floating arsenal and private arms guards base in High Risk Areas (HRA).
Owner of the vessel, Moran Security Group, cooperates with quite a number of shipowners providing the security of their vessels while transiting HRA, including Sovcomflot. Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs in latest statement admitted the papers required for arms on board with regards to Nigeria ports call weren’t in order.
Still, it’s no excuse for Nigeria to make such a show out of detaining an obviously “clean” vessel engaged in providing merchant shipping security in HRA, including by the way, Nigerian waters. Instead of fighting security ships and arms on board of merchant vessels, Nigeria should task itself with making its’ waters safe. Nigerian media is full of reports with regards of “suspected arms trafficking”, but totally overlook the latest kidnapping of 7 crew from offshore tug Bourbon Liberty 249, who’re still held in the captivity, among them 6 Russian and 1 Estonian nationalities.
Nigerian media has strange ways of highlighting the national news, up until they manage not to notice at all news on piracy acts against foreign merchant ships which took place in Nigerian waters. The whole world knows about the piracy attacks, hijacks, beatings and even killings of foreign sailors, which became quite regular in Gulf of Guinea and especially, in Nigerian waters, but judging from Nigerian media, their waters are as safe in this regard, as a swimming pool in a resort.
The South Asia & Africa Regional Port Stability Cooperative, of which the vessel’s owner Moran Security Group is a member, strongly protests the detention of Myre Seadiver.
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