Calm and peaceful news from The Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency
Nigerian media published a very interesting, nice even, NIMASA statement, prior to the news on a gruesome attack on Greek supertanker Kalamos:
NIMASA (The Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency) had detained three ships namely: MT LILAC VICTORIA, MT UACC EAGLE and MT MORGANE over the illegal security arrangements, noting that all the three ships have on board British nationals linked to private security firms overseas, specialised in giving training in the use of weapons, among others.
“They board the ships in Ghana, Ivory Coast via flights from Europe, claiming to be unarmed but coming to protect ships with their bare hands if attacked. NIMASA has embarked on tackling this problem as it seem, to be gaining tacit support underground, as they even know local lawyers that will get them off the hook. There is no doubt that they come with arms hidden within the ship or throw them overboard when threatened with a search. The weapons they come with may possibly have been sold or handed over to others at night while in Nigerian waters. This could well threaten the peace and calm we enjoy in our waters with a possible spillover into land, with a far more devastating effect.”
Now, with the news on Kalamos attack at hand, we can fully appreciate “the peace and calm enjoyed” in Nigerian waters.
The background of what’s taking place in Nigeria is very clear. There is a well-established business scheme in Nigerian waters, involving international shipping, pirates and NIMASA+Nigerian Navy, and Nigerian authorities won’t tolerate anybody else encroaching into the lucrative business of making Nigerian waters calm and peaceful. Pirates rob and kill and kidnap, NIMASA and Navy protect from pirates and control protection business by not allowing foreign guards, international shipping pays by money and blood and even lives. It’s a shame and disgrace to international bodies and interested States. They have to do something about it long ago, either by sending Navies to patrol Nigerian waters, irrespective to Nigeria’s protests, or by enforcing an international convention, which will allow the use of private armed guards on board of the vessel trading piracy hotspots, first of all Gulf of Guinea.